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New IGB Research Theme Aims To Improve Reproductive Health

[ ] Environmental exposures, particularly during pregnancy, can have long-lasting and devastating health impacts and exert long-ranging effects on maternal and child health.…

Collaborative team awarded $12.5 million for new NSF Biology Integration Institute

[ ] The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a five-year, $12.5 million grant to integrate biology to a collaborative team based in the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic…

Portable, point-of-care COVID-19 test could bypass the lab

[ ] As COVID-19 continues to spread, bottlenecks in supplies and laboratory personnel have led to long waiting times for results in some areas. In a new study, University of Illinois…

Illinois study tracks evolution of SARS-CoV-2 virus mutations

[ ] Since COVID-19 began its menacing march across Wuhan, China, in December 2019, and then across the world, the SARS-CoV-2 virus has taken a “whatever works” strategy to ensure its…

$20M NSF grant, new artificial intelligence institute for molecule synthesis

[ ] A team led by Steven L. Miller Chair professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering Huimin Zhao (BSD leader/CABBI/MMG) was awarded a five-year $20 million grant from the…

Personalizing Cancer Diagnostics

[ ] When assessing whether or not a tumor is benign or cancerous, a needle biopsy is the usual method of diagnosis. The tissue can then be analyzed to determine what mutations are…

Advanced biofuels show real promise for replacing some fossil fuels

[ ] Biofuel and bioenergy systems are integral to scenarios for displacing fossil fuel use and producing negative emissions through carbon capture and storage. But the net greenhouse…

In times of ecological uncertainty, brood parasites hedge their bets

[ ] Some birds lay their eggs in the nests of other bird species and let the host parents raise their young. A new study finds that in times of environmental flux, these brood…

Cowpea research boosts canopy CO2 assimilation, water-use efficiency

[ ] Crops grow dense canopies that consist of several layers of leaves--the upper layers with younger sun leaves and the lower layers with older shaded leaves that may have difficulty…

Illinois Team Tracks COVID ‘Spike’ Protein for 2020 iGEM Competition

[ ] UPDATE: The Illinois team’s “Viralizer” web tool brought home a silver medal at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) 2020 competition. Working virtually, the…

Integration of gene regulatory networks in understanding animal behavior

[ ] For years, scientists have attributed animal behavior to the coordinated activities of neuronal cells and its circuits of neurons, known as the neuronal network (NN). However,…

Donovan to direct new Personalized Nutrition Initiative

[ ] Sharon Donovan, professor and Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair in Diet and Health at University of Illinois, will assume the role of director of the newly established Personalized…

Intimate partner violence, history of abuse worsen trauma for new moms

[ ] A study assessed the interaction of new and old relationship traumas among women three to 18 months after the birth of their child – one of the most challenging periods of their…

Group genomics drive aggression in honey bees

[ ] Researchers often study the genomes of individual organisms to try to tease out the relationship between genes and behavior. A new study of Africanized honey bees reveals, however…

Volunteers at Illinois produce supplies for 200,000 COVID-19 tests

[ ] A collaborative effort at the University of Illinois to support COVID-19 testing is winding down, but not before it produced enough materials to support some 200,000 coronavirus…

Engineered immune cells recognize, attack solid-tumor cancer cells

[ ] A method known as CAR-T therapy has been used successfully in patients with blood cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia. It modifies a patient’s own T-cells by adding a piece of…

IGB 2019 Annual Report Now Available

[ ]   Part of our mission at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology is to help provide every person the opportunity to join the conversation on how genomics influences our…

Pattern analysis of phylogenetic trees could reveal connections between evolution, ecology

[ ] In biology, phylogenetic trees represent the evolutionary history and diversification of species – the “family tree” of Life. Phylogenetic trees not only describe the evolution of…

New approach drives bacteria to produce potential antibiotic, antiparasitic compounds

[ ] Researchers have developed a method to spur the production of new antibiotic or antiparasitic compounds hiding in the genomes of actinobacteria, which are the source of drugs such…

Cowbirds change their eggs’ sex ratio based on breeding time

[ ] Brown-headed cowbirds show a bias in the sex ratio of their offspring depending on the time of the breeding season, researchers report in a new study. More female than male…