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Shape of tumor may affect whether cells can metastasize

[ ] Only a few cells in a cancerous tumor are able to break away and spread to other parts of the body, but the curve along the edge of the tumor may play a large role in activating…

Why hunt for Microbial life in extreme environments?

[ ] Oil- and metal-munching microbes dominate deep sandstone formations Halomonas are a hardy breed of bacteria. They can withstand heat, high salinity, low oxygen, utter darkness and…

Why it’s time to stop thinking in terms of food versus fuel

[ ] It’s time to stop thinking in terms of food versus fuel Whether you have taken a side or a backseat in the discussion, the “food versus fuel” debate affects us all. Some say…

Is it possible that the Ancient Romans beat us with their aqueducts?

[ ] For hundreds of years, the Anio Novus aqueduct carried water 87 km (54 miles) from the Aniene River of the Apennine Mountains down into Rome. Built between AD 38 and 52, scholars…

Huimin Zhao

[ ] Huimin Zhao, Centennial Endowed Chair Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Biosystems Design) was selected by the University of Illinois as the Steven L. Miller…

Six Illinois professors named Guggenheim Fellows

[ ] Six professors at the University of Illinois have been named 2016 Guggenheim Fellows, bringing to 13 the number of U. of I. faculty members who have been honored with the…

Sequence features accurately predict genome-wide MeCP2 binding in vivo

[ ] Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California-Davis (UC Davis) are combining in vivo experimentation with computation for highly…

Ancestral trees determine disease-causing genetic variants

[ ] Many of our most widespread diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and mental illness, are associated with variants in our genes. How do these variants in our…

Biodiesel from sugarcane more economical than soybean

[ ] America's oil consumption far exceeds that of every other country in the world. What's more, it's unsustainable. Therefore, in 2007, Congress mandated a move away from petroleum-…

Hyunjoon Kong

[ ] Hyunjoon Kong, Associate Professor and Centennial Scholar in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) has received the College of…

Light illuminates the way for bio-bots

[ ] A new class of miniature biological robots, or bio-bots, has seen the light – and is following where the light shines. The bio-bots are powered by muscle cells that have been…

IGB Fellows Symposium, May 5, 2016

[ ] IGB Fellows Symposium, May 5, 2016 Learn about IGB research, hear about current issues in the life sciences, and connect with other students on campus at the annual Fellows…

Giant reed is a photosynthetic outlier, study finds

[ ] Arundo donax, a giant reed that grows in the Mediterranean climate zones of the world, isn’t like other prolific warm-weather grasses, researchers report. This grass, which can…

Ting Lu

[ ] Ting Lu, Assistant Professor in Bioengineering (Biosystems Design) received a 2016 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research for his proposal "Developing Designer…

Researchers Find Cultural Variations Produce Differences in Gut Microbiome

[ ] A recent publication in Cell Reports compared the gut microbiomes of two societies from the same geographical region: a hunter-gatherer society, and a farming society with access…

Illinois group to study brain health as part of NIH BRAIN Initiative

[ ] Martha Gillette, professor of cell and development biology at Illinois, has studied the brain for most of her life. Her current work focuses on improving the lives of those…

Ting Lu

[ ] Ting Lu, Assistant Professor in Bioengineering (Biosystems Design) received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award to further his research…

Cancer and Companion Animals Focus of New IGB Theme

[ ] Despite dramatic advances in diagnostics and treatment, cancer still accounts for nearly 1 in 4 U.S. deaths, as well as over half of disease-related pet mortality. Using…

Bees and Beekeeping Short Course

[ ] Bees and Beekeeping Short Course at the University of Illinois - April 16, 2016 Registration Instructions Please download, complete, and return the Registration Form and Elective/…

Karen Sears

[ ] Karen Sears, Associate Professor of Animal Biology (Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) has won the Lynn Martin Award for Distinguished Women Teachers from the College…