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Madhu Khanna

[ ] Madhu Khanna, Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (Energy Biosciences Institute) has been selected at one of five Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (…

HPCBio and NCSA changing genetic medicine in Africa

[ ] HPCBio and NCSA changing genetic medicine in Africa The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in collaboration with the HPCBio group led by Director of…

Microbiome Metabolic Engineering - New Theme at IGB

[ ] The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology has formed a new research theme, Microbiome Metabolic Engineering (MME). Led by microbiologist and animal scientist Isaac Cann, the…

"Jumping genes": Real-time transposon activity in living cells

[ ] “Jumping genes” are ubiquitous. Every domain of life hosts these sequences of DNA that can “jump” from one position to another along a chromosome; in fact, nearly half the human…

Future drought will offset benefits of higher CO2 on soybean yields

[ ] An eight-year study of soybeans grown outdoors in a carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere like that expected by 2050 has yielded a new and worrisome finding: Higher atmospheric CO2…

Hyunjoon Kong

[ ] Hyunjoon Kong, Associate Professor and Centennial Scholar in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering) has received the 2016 Campus…

Human trials of cancer drug PAC-1 continue with new investment

[ ] Clinical trials of the anti-cancer agent PAC-1 are continuing to expand, thanks to a $7 million angel investment from an anonymous contributor who originally invested $4 million…

Huimin Zhao

[ ] Huimin Zhao, Centennial Endowed Chair Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Biosystems Design) received the 2016 Charles Thom Award, recognizing exceptional merit in…

Grant helps realize “ultra-productive” biofuel crops, attract investors

[ ] Imagine—instead of acres of oil wells on barren land—endless fields of towering green sugarcane, with each stalk producing renewable and sustainable biofuel. The University of…

Global Biofoundry Consortium embraces grand challenge

[ ] Synthetic biology has emerged from the intersection of engineering and biology, with its emphasis on standardization, modularization and automation. The newly established Global…

Endangered venomous mammal predates dinosaurs’ extinction

[ ] The University of Illinois and University of Puerto Rico have completely sequenced the mitochondrial genome for the Hispaniolan solenodon, filling in the last major branch of…

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-…