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Chemicals that keep drinking water flowing may also cause fouling

[ ] Many city drinking water systems add softening agents to keep plumbing free of pipe-clogging mineral buildup. According to new research, these additives may amplify the risk of…

"Stable marriages" between microbes, nutrients they eat may explain diverse yet stable communities

[ ] A mathematical model created by IGB researchers could help scientists better understand an intriguing characteristic of microbial communities: their ability to achieve stability…

Products of omega-3 fatty acid metabolism may have anticancer effects

[ ] A class of molecules formed when the body metabolizes omega-3 fatty acids could inhibit cancer’s growth and spread, University of Illinois researchers report in a new study in…

Wearable device can predict older adults’ risk of falling

[ ] Every year, more than one in three individuals aged 65 and older will experience a fall. Falls are the most common cause of injury in older adults, and can create ongoing health…

New informatics tool makes the most of genomic data

[ ] The rise of genomics, the shift from considering genes singly to collectively, is adding a new dimension to medical care; biomedical researchers hope to use the information…

Outpacing Antimicrobial Resistance Symposium

[ ] Join researchers for Outpacing Antimicrobial Resistance, a two-day symposium devoted to understanding and beating antibacterial resistant microbes, jointly hosted by the IGB, OVCR…

In responding to predation risk, secondhand experience can be as good as new

[ ] Throughout the living world, parents have many ways of gifting their offspring with information they will need to help them survive. A new study in Nature Ecology and Evolution…

Research confirms a new way for cells to conserve energy

[ ] By proving a theory that was first proposed almost 40 years ago, researchers at the IGB have confirmed a new way that cells conserve energy. The study, led by G. William Arends…

IGB World of Genomics coming to St. Louis Science Center

[ ] One of the IGB’s most successful and comprehensive public engagement events, the World of Genomics, will be showcased for three days at the St. Louis Science Center from October…

First dogs in Americas arrived from Siberia, disappeared after European contact

[ ] A study reported in the journal Science offers an enhanced view of the origins and ultimate fate of the first dogs in the Americas. The dogs were not domesticated North American…

Study reveals how polymers relax after stressful processing

[ ] The polymers that make up synthetic materials need time to de-stress after processing, researchers said. A new study has found that entangled, long-chain polymers in solutions…

Illinois' crop-counting robot earns top recognition at leading robotics conference

[ ] Today's crop breeders are trying to boost yields while also preparing crops to withstand severe weather and changing climates. To succeed, they must locate genes for high-yielding…

Researchers engineer bacteria to exhibit stochastic Turing patterns

[ ] How did the zebra get its stripes, or the leopard its spots? Mankind has been trying to answer such questions since our earliest recorded days, and they resonate throughout the…

Tiny jumping roundworm undergoes unusual sexual development

[ ] Nematodes may be among the simplest animals, but scientists can't get enough of the microscopic roundworms. They have mapped the entire genome of C. elegans, the "lab rat" of…

Researchers discover a starring role for chaperone protein Hfq in gene regulation

[ ] A cell’s efforts to respond and adapt to its external environment rely on an elaborate yet coordinated set of molecular partnerships within. The more we learn about this…

Long-term estrogen therapy changes microbial activity in the gut, study finds

[ ] Long-term therapy with estrogen and bazedoxifene alters the microbial composition and activity in the gut, affecting how estrogen is metabolized, a new study in mice found.…

New Woese Undergraduate Research Scholar Lauren Todorov

[ ] Lauren Todorov likes to think that life is a web — if you look hard enough, you’ll find that everything is connected. She’s applying this mindset to the research she is pursuing…

Larger sample sizes needed to increase reproducibility in neuroscience studies

[ ] Small sample sizes in studies using functional MRI to investigate brain connectivity and function are common in neuroscience, despite years of warnings that such studies likely…

Neighborhood, breast cancer rates in African-American women linked

[ ] Neighborhood characteristics such as racial composition and poverty rates are associated with increased risks of late-stage breast cancer diagnoses and higher mortality rates…

Two Ancient populations diverged in the Americas later ‘reconverged’

[ ] A new genetic study of ancient individuals in the Americas and their contemporary descendants finds that two populations that diverged from one another 18,000 to 15,000 years ago…