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New Center for Genomic Diagnostics will reimagine disease detection technologies

[ ] A new research center at the University of Illinois directed by Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Engineering Brian Cunningham aims to revolutionize diagnostics and personalized…

Researchers reverse engineer interaction dynamics of microbial communities

[ ] Scientific and public appreciation for microbes—and the key role their communal actions play in environmental health, food production, and human wellness—has grown in recent years…

Student improves bioinformatics software to better analyze human DNA

[ ] Human beings have around 10 trillion cells in their bodies, resulting in about 10 billion miles of DNA - almost twice the diameter of the solar system. Coordinated Science Lab…

BRIDGE-ing the gap between diagnostics and gestational diabetes

[ ] As a result of intersecting research interests in women’s health, a new collaboration was forged between Zeynep Madak-Erdogan (GSP/ONC-PM), Assistant Professor in Food Science and…

New compounds block master regulator of cancer growth, metastasis

[ ] Scientists have developed new drug compounds that thwart the pro-cancer activity of FOXM1, a transcription factor that regulates the activity of dozens of genes. The new compounds…

For CRISPR, tweaking DNA fragments yields highest efficiency rates yet

[ ] University of Illinois researchers achieved the highest reported rates of inserting genes into human cells with the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system, a necessary step for…

Scientists develop gentle, microscopic hands to study tiny, soft materials

[ ] Handling very soft, delicate items without damaging them is hard enough with human hands, let alone doing it at the microscopic scale with laboratory instruments. Three new…

Single-molecule detection of cancer markers brings liquid biopsy closer to clinic

[ ] A fast, inexpensive yet sensitive technique to detect cancer markers is bringing researchers closer to a “liquid biopsy" – a test using a small sample of blood or serum to detect…

MAGIC system allows researchers to modulate activity of genes acting in concert

[ ] Genomic research has unlocked the capability to edit the genomes of living cells; yet so far, the effects of such changes must be examined in isolation. In contrast, the complex…

Mathematical models provide snapshot of human gut microbial community

[ ] Microbial communities can be found everywhere – from lakes to the soil on the ground, they are omnipresent yet invisible to the naked eye. Within those environments there exist…

iGEM Team: Cleaning up our Crops

[ ] Herbicides are an integral component of modern farming. However, glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the United States and the main ingredient in formulations like…

By imaging brain, scientists can predict aptitude for training

[ ] People with specific brain attributes are more likely than others to benefit from targeted cognitive interventions designed to enhance fluid intelligence, scientists report in a…

Structurally designed 'DNA star' creates ultrasensitive test for dengue virus

[ ] By folding snippets of DNA into the shape of a five-pointed star using structural DNA nanotechnology, researchers have created a trap that captures dengue virus as it floats in…

Study tracks genomic changes that reinforce darter speciation

[ ] When they share habitat, orangethroat and rainbow darters tend to avoid one another, even though they are closely related and can produce “hybrid” offspring. The males compete…

Eight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influential

[ ] Eight faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list, a global listing of scientists who produced the…

Dozens of potential new antibiotics discovered with free online app

[ ] A new web tool speeds the discovery of drugs to kill Gram-negative bacteria, which are responsible for the vast majority of antibiotic-resistant infections and deaths. The tool…

Signature call in cowbirds is the password that unlocks song learning

[ ] They say it takes a village to raise a child. But if you are a cowbird, left by your parents to be hatched and raised in the nest of unwitting foster parents, how do you know who…

Artificial intelligence to run the chemical factories of the future

[ ] A new proof-of-concept study details how an automated system driven by artificial intelligence can design, build, test and learn complex biochemical pathways to efficiently…

Smartphone diagnostics kit for infectious diseases

[ ] Infectious diseases such as Zika and Dengue remain a top contributor to death and disability across the globe, according to the World Health Organization. Diagnosing and treating…

Online tool speeds response to elephant poaching by tracing ivory to source

[ ] A new tool uses an interactive database of geographic and genetic information to help authorities quickly identify where the confiscated tusks of African elephants were originally…