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Nobel Laureate to give IGB Distinguished Public Lecture

[ ] Please note due to travel restrictions, our Distinguished Public Lecture has been postponed. We will reschedule and announce the new date when it is available. Do fruit flies…

Seed funds from alumnus furthers cell culture models of neurological diseases

[ ] Neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis affect millions of people worldwide and yet, there exist no known cures. Multiple…

Team deciphers how myotonic dystrophy generates lethal heart dysfunctions

[ ] Roughly 80% of people with myotonic dystrophy – a common form of muscular dystrophy – experience dangerous heart ailments, and heart rhythm defects are the second-leading cause of…

New CRISPR base-editing technology slows ALS progression in mice

[ ] With a new CRISPR gene-editing methodology, scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign inactivated one of the genes responsible for an inherited form of…

Adapting photosynthesis to fleeting shadows boosts soybean yields

[ ] Komorebi is a Japanese word that describes how light filters through leaves—creating shifting, dappled “sunflecks” that illustrate plants’ ever-changing light environment. Crops…

Collaboration provides research-based training of under-represented minorities

[ ] As part of a campus-wide initiative to increase diversity, a collaboration with Fisk University was recently approved for an additional five years of continued financial support…

Honoring their walk of life through fellowships in genomic biology

[ ] For Martha Loustaunau, the University of Illinois will always be known as a stop on her walk of life where she met late husband Joaquin Loustaunau, with whom she later shared an…

Knowledge Engine is ready to accelerate genomic research

[ ] Five years ago, a team of computer scientists, biomedical researchers, and bioinformaticians set out to bring the power of collective knowledge to genomic research. Their new…

Stephen Long invested as Ikenberry Chair Professor, Plant Biology & Crop Sciences

[ ] University of Illinois Provost Andreas C. Cangellaris held the investiture of Stephen P. Long as the Stanley O. Ikenberry Chair Professor of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences on Jan…

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…