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Workshop “bridges” empirical, theoretical understandings of climate and crop yield

[ ] The societal stakes for assessing climate change impacts on agriculture and food supply are incredibly high. To meet this need, sophisticated computer models have been developed…

Combating antiviral drug resistance with dynamic therapeutics

[ ] Antiviral drug resistance has long been a problem in modern society. As viruses evolve, they develop resistance to antiviral drugs, which become less effective at treating…

Slowing dangerous bacteria may be more effective than killing them

[ ] Researchers at the University of Illinois have discovered a mechanism that allows bacteria of the same species to communicate when their survival is threatened. The study suggests…

New microscope technique reveals internal structure of live embryos

[ ] University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to produce 3-D images of live embryos in cattle that could help determine embryo viability before in vitro fertilization in…

New handheld spectral analyzer uses smartphone to detect disease

[ ] Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed technology that enables a smartphone to perform lab-grade medical diagnostic tests that typically…

Auinash Kalsotra Awarded MDA Grant for Studying Myotonic Dystrophy

[ ] The grant to Prof. Kalsotra provides $300,000 over a three-year period to study the molecular basis for cardiac arrhythmias in Myotonic Dystrophy, a multi-systemic disease that…

$2.6 million to build versatile genetic toolkit for studying animal behavior

[ ] The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made 17 Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience (NeuroNex) awards to aid the research community as it pursues one of its grandest…

Girls learn about plants inside and out at Pollen Power camp

[ ] Most summer day camps rely on some standard activities to entertain their attendees—indoor and outdoor games, crafts, field trips, and snacks. The middle school girls who attended…

Study finds parallels between unresponsive honey bees, autism in humans

[ ] Honey bees that consistently fail to respond to obvious social cues share something fundamental with autistic humans, researchers report in a new study. Genes most closely…

Research to investigate oil field biosouring with new technology

[ ] A new IGB research project seeks to solve a $90 billion global problem in the oil industry while making oil drilling less harmful to the environment.     Bruce Fouke, Professor in…

Two undergrads improve plant carbon-cycle models

[ ] In the summer of 2012, two undergraduate students tackled a problem that plant ecology experts had overlooked for 30 years. The students demonstrated that different plant species…

How iBioFAB is building on changes in synthetic biology

[ ] In the concourse research lab of IGB, a robotic system is changing the face of synthetic biology. Described as a one-of-a-kind “living foundry,” the system is a platform for…

Brief interactions spur lasting waves of gene activity in the brain

[ ] A five-minute encounter with an outsider spurs a cascade of changes in gene activity in the brain that can last for hours, researchers report in a study of stickleback fish. The…

DOE Funds Major Bioenergy Research Center At Illinois Through IGB and iSEE

[ ] The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is doubling down on energy research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, funding a multi-million dollar Bioenergy Research Center…

New grant to study fish genomics, behavior

[ ] The three-spined stickleback is a funny sort of a fish. They’re somewhat non-distinct: drabbish silver, small, and minnow-like, native to salt- and freshwater bodies throughout…

Study identifies key player in heart enlargement

[ ] The heart is a dynamic muscle that grows and shrinks in response to stressors such as exercise and disease. The secret to its malleability lies in individual cells, which get…

New 3D model predicts best planting practices for farmers

[ ] As farmers survey their fields this summer, several questions come to mind: How many plants germinated per acre? How does altering row spacing affect my yields? Does it make a…

Report evaluates computational genomics skills of African scientists

[ ] A new paper co-authored by Illinois and African scientists describes how an African bioinformatics network tested researchers’ ability to perform computational genomics tasks that…

Tim Fan and Morris Animal Foundation to test new cancer therapies

[ ] Frustrated with the irrelevance of many mouse experiments to human health, some scientists have started testing new drug therapies on dogs with cancer. The Morris Animal…

Stephen Long Receives Visiting Professorship at Oxford

[ ] Stephen Long, Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the departments of crop sciences and plant biology, has been appointed to the Newton Abraham Visiting Professorship in the Department…