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New project aims to sequence all known eukaryotic species

[ ] The Earth BioGenome Project, launched in November 2018, is an ambitious undertaking with the goal of sequencing all the existing, named eukaryotes—about 2 million species of fungi…

New detection technique counts COVID virus particles in saliva, breath

[ ] As health and research institutions continue to rapidly develop new methodologies for detecting SARS-CoV-2, researchers have found themselves at both forefronts of discovery and…

Gene mutation leads to epileptic encephalopathy symptoms, neuron death in mice

[ ] Mice with a genetic mutation that’s been observed in patients with epileptic encephalopathy, a severe form of congenital epilepsy, exhibit not only the seizure, developmental and…

Prenatal exposure to phthalates damages reproductive tissue in female mice

[ ] Phthalates are a ubiquitous family of chemicals that are used every day. In a new study, researchers have investigated how these compounds affect tissue development in the…

Stronger drought resistance of urban vegetation due to higher temperature, CO2 and reduced O3

[ ] Globally, plants are reaping the benefits of elevated CO2 levels in the atmosphere by increasing photosynthesis rates, a phenomenon known as the CO2 fertilization effect. However…

The heat is on: RIPE researchers show ability to future-proof crops

[ ] The world is warming quickly with no indication of slowing down. This could be catastrophic for the production of food crops, particularly in already warm areas. Today, research…

Supporting research on reproductive health through the Director’s Innovation Fund

[ ] The Director’s Innovation Fund was initiated in 2019 by Scott Fisher, an Illinois alumnus. He wanted to honor his late wife Bonita J. Fisher, who was diagnosed with multiple…

New model accurately describes COVID-19 waves and plateaus

[ ] 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…

Atomic structure of antifungal drug confirms unusual mechanism

[ ] Advanced molecular imaging technology has now mapped the structure of a drug widely used to treat fungal infections but whose workings have mystified researchers and physicians…

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

[ ] 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…

Study reveals how bacterial pathogen adapts to nutritional stress

[ ] In order to cause disease, the human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus must adapt to the changing host environment. Many of these adaptations are mediated through two-component…

Chemical pollutants disrupt reproduction in anemonefish, study finds

[ ] Ocean pollution is unfortunately becoming more commonplace, raising concerns over the effect of chemicals that are leaching into the water. In a new study, researchers have…

How do microbes choose from a “menu” of food?

[ ] Microbial communities often contain several species that coexist even though they share similar metabolic abilities. How they do so is unclear. Researchers have now developed a…

Six Illinois scientists rank among world's most influential

[ ] Six faculty members at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have been named to the 2021 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list, including two from IGB. The list…

New funds to support collaborative projects at the IGB

[ ] Denise Elser has always believed in using multidisciplinary collaborations to solve important problems. In 2017, she attended an event hosted by Steven Thayer, a Leadership…

PFAS exposure, high-fat diet drive prostate cells’ metabolism into pro-cancer state

[ ] Exposure to PFAS – a class of synthetic chemicals utilized in food wrappers, nonstick cookware and other products – reprograms the metabolism of benign and malignant human…

Illinois research shows crops have drought ‘memory,’ help reduce yield loss

[ ] According to new research from the University of Illinois, crops that experience drought conditions or extreme temperatures during their early stages of growth and survive are…

Scientists discover how antibiotics penetrate Gram-negative bacterial cell walls

[ ] Scientists have labored for decades to find antibiotics that work against Gram-negative bacteria, which cause some of the deadliest infections in hospital settings and are most…

Do kids need a COVID-19 vaccine?

[ ] Children ages 5 to 11 now can receive a COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech under emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration and recommendation from the…

Comparing photosynthetic differences between wild and domesticated rice

[ ] Millions of people in Asia are dependent on rice as a food source. Believed to have been domesticated as early as 6000 BCE, rice is an important source of calories globally. In a…