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In survey, COVID-19 vaccine recipients report changes in menstrual bleeding

July 25, 2022

A new analysis of reports from more than 35,000 people offers the most comprehensive assessment so far of menstrual changes experienced by pre- and post-menopausal individuals in the first two weeks after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Published in the journal Science Advances, the study adds to the evidence that significant numbers of people experience this unexpected side effect.


July 25, 2022


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New Tool to Identify Genes Associated with Coronavirus

July 18, 2022

Even though it’s been more than two years and much has changed about the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers like Illinois Computer Science professor Mohammed El-Kebir (IGOH) continue to investigate the virus to ensure the medical and scientific community are better prepared to respond if something similar occurs in the future.

A recent paper from El-Kebir, investigates transcription regulatory sequences. The papers states TRSs play a critical role in discontinuous transcription in coronaviruses.


July 18, 2022


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15 Years of IGB: SHIELDing the Illinois community against COVID-19

May 11, 2022

During the earliest months of 2020, COVID-19 seemed like an innocuous event that was too geographically distant to affect the Illinois community. In fact, by March 10th there were only 19 confirmed cases. Nevertheless, Nigel Goldenfeld (BCXT leader/GNDP), former Swanlund Endowed Chair and professor of physics, and Sergei Maslov (BCXT/CABBI), a professor of bioengineering and Bliss Faculty Scholar, were worried. The news from China and Italy was concerning and in four days a significant portion of students, faculty, and staff were going to leave for spring break.


May 11, 2022


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Study tracks COVID-19 infection dynamics in adults

April 28, 2022

A team led by scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign tracked the rise and fall of SARS-CoV-2 in the saliva and nasal cavities of people newly infected with the virus. The study was the first to follow acute COVID-19 infections over time through repeated sampling and to compare results from different testing methodologies.

The findings are reported in the journal Nature Microbiology.


April 28, 2022


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New model accurately describes COVID-19 waves and plateaus

December 14, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has gone on much longer than many predicted in its earliest months. The world has closely watched its progression, with infection rates measured out on graphs in large waves that sometimes taper to extended plateaus, rather than disappearing as traditional epidemiological models would have suggested they should. Meanwhile, scientists have been working to better understand the factors governing the wave and plateau dynamics of the spread of COVID-19, to be able to better forecast future outbreaks in this pandemic and future epidemics.


December 14, 2021


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COVID viral spike protein region senses temperature, drives seasonal mutation patterns

December 10, 2021

New analyses from University of Illinois researchers show that, underneath all the variants and waves, COVID-19 has been cycling seasonally across the globe for nearly two years.

More significantly, the researchers identify a molecular culprit for the virus’s seasonal nature. The finding could help predict future mutations and potentially pave the way for new therapeutics or vaccines.


December 10, 2021


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