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Applications open for Kleinmuntz Center Young Innovator Program

[ ] The Catherine and Don Kleinmuntz Center for Genomics in Business and Society and Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology are excited to offer the Young Innovator Program (YIP…

15 Years of IGB: The RIPE Project

[ ] In honor of the IGB's anniversary, we're revisiting some of the history of our institute over the past 15 years with a series of articles highlighting IGB people, projects, and…

Young Innovator Program Inventor Spotlight: Aleczandria Tiffany

[ ] Aleczandria Tiffany is a graduate student in the Harley lab at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. In the inaugural Young Innovator Program in 2021, she won…

New tests and treatments developed in mice for pulmonary fibrosis

[ ] Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Mie University in Japan have developed monoclonal antibodies that prevent lung cell death in mouse models for…

Team identifies compound with potent antiseizure effects

[ ] Researchers studying epileptic seizures of the temporal lobe – the most common type of epilepsy – discovered a compound that reduces seizures in the hippocampus, a brain region…

Study ties present-day Native American tribe to ancestors in San Francisco Bay Area

[ ] A genomic study of Native peoples in the San Francisco Bay Area finds that eight present-day members of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe share ancestry with 12 individuals who lived in…

Collaborative RIPE team prove leaf width-biomass correlations in cowpea

[ ] In a collaboration between RIPE researchers and cowpea breeders from Ahmadu Bello University, and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, the width of cowpea leaves…

Large US firms have lower product diversity, study finds

[ ] Many aspects of economic productivity, including gross domestic product measurements, have been steadily rising over the past three decades. Although one would assume that the…

BBC’s Follow the Food to feature RIPE researcher’s Rock Dust project

[ ] On Saturday, March 12th, 2022, the Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) project’s Carl Bernacchi will be featured on an episode of Follow the Food on BBC World…

Team uses MRI to image epigenetics in the brain

[ ] A multidisciplinary team at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has devised a new approach to 3D imaging that captures DNA methylation, a key epigenetic change associated…

Reducing the carbon footprint through single-use plastics reuse

[ ] A staggering 5.5 million tons of single-use plastics are generated each year by science labs, negating 83% of the world’s recycled plastics. A team at Illinois was recently…

Circadian rhythm and the blood-brain barrier

[ ] What is the best time of day to take your medications? An interdisciplinary team received a grant to study the circadian dynamics of the blood-brain barrier, including the extent…

CROPSR: A New Tool to Accelerate Genetic Discoveries

[ ] Commercially viable biofuel crops are vital to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and a new tool developed by the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI)…

Study reveals new insights into bat echolocation

[ ] Bats are famous for using echolocation—a process where emitted sound waves bounce off objects, providing information about their size, distance, and the surrounding environment.…

New set of chemical building blocks makes complex 3D molecules in a snap

[ ] A new set of molecular building blocks aims to make complex chemistry as simple and accessible as a toy construction kit. Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-…

'Molecular Velcro' enables tissues to sense, react to mechanical force

[ ] The Velcro-like cellular proteins that hold cells and tissues together also perform critical functions when they experience increased tension. A new University of Illinois Urbana-…

Bioengineering professors receive $4.8M to develop gene therapy for ALS

[ ] The NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) awarded University of Illinois bioengineering professors Thomas Gaj (BSD) and Pablo Perez-Pinera (ACPP) a…

Acceleration of cancer biomarker detection for point of care diagnostics

[ ] The detection and quantification of cancer-associated molecular biomarkers in body fluids, or liquid biopsies, prove minimally invasive in early cancer diagnostics. Researchers at…

Researchers simulate behavior of living 'minimal cell' in three dimensions

[ ] Scientists report that they have built a living “minimal cell” with a genome stripped down to its barest essentials – and a computer model of the cell that mirrors its behavior.…

CRISPR-Cas13 targets proteins causing ALS, Huntington's disease in mouse nervous system

[ ] A single genetic mutation can have profound consequences, as demonstrated in neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Huntington’s disease. A new study…