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Novel pathway to support research for targeted treatments of cavities

[ ] Human teeth are home to many different types of bacteria. This diverse oral microbiome ranges from microbes that are benign or even beneficial to those that can do some serious…

Students complete their first STEAM TRAIN journey

[ ] Starting from September 2020, six groups of 38 students from Franklin STEAM Academy in Champaign met every Tuesday afternoon after school to conduct research on important topics.…

Fluorescent light clarifies relationship between heat stress, crop yield

[ ] Scientists report that it is possible to detect and predict heat damage in crops by measuring the fluorescent light signature of plant leaves experiencing heat stress. If…

Portable, affordable, accurate, fast: Team invents new COVID-19 test

[ ] A new coronavirus test can get accurate results from a saliva sample in less than 30 minutes, researchers report in the journal Nature Communications. Many of the components of…

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts Underway at the IGB

[ ] The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) values equality and respect for every member of its community. Investigators, students and staff from diverse backgrounds…

Investigating the role of Brd4 in diet-induced obesity

[ ] A new study, published in JCI insight, looks at how Brd4, a regulator of the innate immune response, influences diet-induced obesity. The researchers believe that Brd4 could be…

Development of microsatellite markers for censusing of endangered rhinoceros

[ ] Today, the Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) is critically endangered, with fewer than 100 individuals surviving in Indonesia on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. To…

Piecing together the LanCL puzzle

[ ] Researchers from the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology in collaboration with scientists at Oxford University have published a paper in Cell reporting the function of…

Study maps COVID-19 health disparities in Greater Santiago

[ ] People up to age 40 living in economically depressed municipalities in the Greater Santiago, Chile, metropolitan area were three times more likely to die as a result of the…

IGB member elected to National Academy of Sciences

[ ] Wilfred van der Donk (MMG), the Richard E. Heckert Endowed Chair in Chemistry and director of graduate studies in chemistry at Illinois, was elected to the National Academy of…

K-12 Shield Playbook offers guidance for reopening schools

[ ] A new resource is available to help guide teachers and school administrators as they reopen schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, assembled by researchers and experts at the…

In pig brain development, nature beats nurture

[ ] Before humans can benefit from new drug therapies and nutritional additives, scientists test their safety and efficacy in animals, typically mice and rats. But, as much as they’ve…

COVID-19 peaks reflect time-dependent social activity, not herd immunity

[ ] Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have developed a new mathematical model…

Ozone pollution harms maize crops, study finds

[ ] Although stratospheric ozone protects us by filtering out the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, tropospheric ozone is a harmful pollutant. A new study has shown that ozone in the lower…

Applications open for Kleinmuntz Center Young Innovator Program

[ ] A new collaboration between the Catherine and Don Kleinmuntz Center for Genomics in Business and Society and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology has enabled the…

New grant awarded to study genomic privacy attitudes

[ ] The concept of genomic privacy has recently become important due to the rise of sequencing services, which can inform people about their ancestry or genetic predispositions to…

New computational models to understand colon cancer

[ ] Although the development of secondary cancerous growths, called metastasis, is the primary cause of death in most cancers, the cellular changes that drive it are poorly understood…

Fast-acting, color-changing molecular probe senses when material about to fail

[ ] Materials that contain special polymer molecules may someday be able to warn us when they are about to fail, researchers said. Engineers at the University of Illinois Urbana-…

SHIELD Illinois and SHIELD CU expand innovative COVID-19 saliva-based testing

[ ] SHIELD Illinois and SHIELD CU expand innovative COVID-19 saliva-based testing to underserved K-12 schools in Illinois through a $1.4 million grant from The Rockefeller Foundation…

Vaccine study now open for student enrollment

[ ] Students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 can enroll in a study to help understand the effectiveness of vaccines in…