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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…

Undergrad-led study suggests environment modifications could maximize productivity

[ ] The crops we grow in the field often form dense canopies with many overlapping leaves, such that young “sun leaves” at the top of the canopy are exposed to full sunlight with…

Simulated sea slug gets addicted to drug

[ ] Scientists built a computer model of a simple brain network based on that of a sea slug, taught it how to get food, gave it an appetite and the ability to experience reward, added…

Research Finds Multiple COVID-19 Strains Can Co-Exist in Patients

[ ] A workgroup including Illinois Computer Science professors Mohammed El-Kebir (IGOH) and Jian Peng (CABBI), as co-principal investigators, produced a preprint research paper …

Gene Robinson named interim dean of the College of LAS

[ ] Gene Robinson, IGB director and a professor of entomology, has been named interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Starting July 1, Robinson will fill the role…

Researchers Shed Light on New Enzymatic Reaction

[ ] Researchers have identified key ingredients for producing high-value chemical compounds in an environmentally friendly fashion: repurposed enzymes, curiosity, and a little bit of…

Bacteria show their metal: An evolutionary path to survival

[ ] An investigation of two closely related proteins from a pathogenic bacterium has illustrated for the first time how evolution can shape the use of essential metals by enzymes. The…

IGB Return to Work Details

[ ] On June 3 the IGB will begin a limited re-opening. Modifications have been made to the building, and adjustments must be made to daily routines. These will be in place for the…

IGB Outreach Receives First Grant For STEAM TRAIN Project

[ ] This year, the STEAM TRAIN (Transdisciplinary Research Across Institutional Near-Peers) project conceived by the IGB outreach staff was one of five projects awarded seed funding…

At-home activities for families and friends

[ ] As we all adjust to new health recommendations and wellness practices we may be finding ourselves at home much more than ever before. Here at the IGB we want to connect with…

Environmental contaminants alter gut microbiome, health

[ ] The microbes that inhabit our bodies are influenced by what we eat, drink, breathe and absorb through our skin, and most of us are chronically exposed to natural and human-made…

Rapid Screening Method Targets Fatty Acids in Yeast

[ ] Scientists engineering valuable microbes for renewable fuels and bioproducts have developed a fast, efficient way to identify the most promising varieties. Researchers at Illinois…

New IGB Theme Develops Engineered Living Systems with Novel Functionalities

[ ] For years, artificial systems - such as robots and machines - have been used for industrial applications, making a tremendous impact on society. However, steady progress made by…

Faculty Receive Three NSF Rapid Grants For COVID-19 Testing

[ ] Three Nick Holonyak Jr., Micro and Nanotechnology Lab (HMNTL) and IGB faculty members have received NSF Rapid Response Research (RAPID) program grants, all of which aim to shorten…

Nanostimulators boost stem cells for muscle repair

[ ] In regenerative medicine, an ideal treatment for patients whose muscles are damaged from lack of oxygen would be to invigorate them with an injection of their own stem cells. In a…

Thank you to our VTM team

[ ] The IGB has been proud to help support the efforts to make COVID-19 testing more broadly available to those in need. Our recent efforts to create Viral Transport Medium (VTM) in…

Spinal cord gives bio-bots walking rhythm

[ ] Miniature biological robots are making greater strides than ever, thanks to the spinal cord directing their steps. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers developed…

Virus-infected honey bees more likely to gain entrance to healthy hives

[ ] Honey bees that guard hive entrances are twice as likely to allow in trespassers from other hives if the intruders are infected with the Israeli acute paralysis virus, a deadly…