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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…

Physical force alone spurs gene expression

[ ] Cells will ramp up gene expression in response to physical forces alone, a new study finds. Gene activation, the first step of protein production, starts less than one millisecond…

Triple-Threat Genetic Toolkit for Producing Eco-Friendly Chemicals

[ ] Researchers have developed a triad of innovative tools to engineer low-pH-tolerant yeast Issatchenkia orientalis for production of valuable bioproducts from renewable biomass. A…

Computational human cell reveals new insights

[ ] Researchers have developed the first computational model of a human cell and simulated its behavior for 15 minutes – the longest time achieved for a biological system of this…

Bacterial protein fragment kills lung cells in pulmonary fibrosis

[ ] A bacterial protein fragment instigates lung tissue death in pulmonary fibrosis, a mysterious disease affecting millions of people worldwide, according to a new study from…

COVID-19 Concerns

[ ] Updated March 24, 2020 Upon review of the current state of affairs and the shelter-in-place order from Governor Pritzker, as well as considering decisions made in other academic…

Technology to screen for higher-yielding crop traits now more accessible

[ ] Like many industries, big data is driving innovations in agriculture. Scientists seek to analyze thousands of plants to pinpoint genetic tweaks that can boost crop production—…

Advancing the frontier of aquatic symbiosis research

[ ] The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded grants to support the work of fifteen scientists as part of the Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative investigator program.…

SynFoNI: Strengthening synthetic biology in food, nutraceutical production

[ ] Over the years, the democratization of synthetic biology for the production of food has led to products like the Impossible burger, a burger impostor that uses plant tissues…

Veterinary infectious disease expert weighs in on coronavirus threat

[ ] Influenza, SARS and COVID-19 are all zoonotic diseases, readily transmitted from animals to humans. The viruses that cause these diseases also share traits that allow them to…

Photosynthesis varies greatly across rice cultivars, diversity could boost yields

[ ] Rice is a direct source of calories for more people than any other crop and serves as the main staple for 560 million chronically hungry people in Asia. With over 120,000…

Nobel Laureate to give IGB Distinguished Public Lecture

[ ] Please note due to travel restrictions, our Distinguished Public Lecture has been postponed. We will reschedule and announce the new date when it is available. Do fruit flies…

Seed funds from alumnus furthers cell culture models of neurological diseases

[ ] Neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis affect millions of people worldwide and yet, there exist no known cures. Multiple…

Team deciphers how myotonic dystrophy generates lethal heart dysfunctions

[ ] Roughly 80% of people with myotonic dystrophy – a common form of muscular dystrophy – experience dangerous heart ailments, and heart rhythm defects are the second-leading cause of…

New CRISPR base-editing technology slows ALS progression in mice

[ ] With a new CRISPR gene-editing methodology, scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign inactivated one of the genes responsible for an inherited form of…

Adapting photosynthesis to fleeting shadows boosts soybean yields

[ ] Komorebi is a Japanese word that describes how light filters through leaves—creating shifting, dappled “sunflecks” that illustrate plants’ ever-changing light environment. Crops…

Collaboration provides research-based training of under-represented minorities

[ ] As part of a campus-wide initiative to increase diversity, a collaboration with Fisk University was recently approved for an additional five years of continued financial support…

Honoring their walk of life through fellowships in genomic biology

[ ] For Martha Loustaunau, the University of Illinois will always be known as a stop on her walk of life where she met late husband Joaquin Loustaunau, with whom she later shared an…

Knowledge Engine is ready to accelerate genomic research

[ ] Five years ago, a team of computer scientists, biomedical researchers, and bioinformaticians set out to bring the power of collective knowledge to genomic research. Their new…

Stephen Long invested as Ikenberry Chair Professor, Plant Biology & Crop Sciences

[ ] University of Illinois Provost Andreas C. Cangellaris held the investiture of Stephen P. Long as the Stanley O. Ikenberry Chair Professor of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences on Jan…