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Fuel-promoting transporters found in plant stem

[ ] A team from the University of Illinois has discovered two plant stem-specific expression of genes, the promoters of which could potentially serve as a tool for increasing oil…

Improving biomaterials design for bone regeneration

[ ] Bone injuries in the face and skull—known as craniomaxillofacial defects—can be caused by sports injuries, vehicle accidents, or battlefield injuries. Repairing such defects is…

NSF grant awarded to develop materials for enhanced coral recruitment, survival

[ ] Coral reefs provide many benefits to society, including storm protection to shorelines, tourism, and supporting sport and commercial fisheries. They are also crucial for…

$25M tech grant lets Illinois researchers ‘talk’ to plants

[ ] The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today an investment of $25 million to launch the Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems (CROPPS). The center, a…

Nigel Goldenfeld retires from the University of Illinois

[ ] Swanlund Endowed Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professor in Physics Nigel Goldenfeld (BCXT leader/GNDP) will be closing the chapter on his Illinois career and moving on to…

Professor receives grant to foster health equity among Chicago youth

[ ] A new grant will help reduce disparities in healthcare through a unique new training program led by Ruby Mendenhall (GNDP), Associate Professor in Sociology, African American…

Use patent law to curb unethical human-genome editing

[ ] A new paper co-written by a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign scholar who studies the legal and ethical implications of advanced biotechnologies outlines an unexplored tool…

Comparing the pathogen numbers in backyard and commercial composts

[ ] Compost—organic material that is added to soil to help plants grow—is widely used by gardeners because it improves soil health and reduces the amount of organic waste in landfills…

New imaging, machine-learning methods can reduce crops’ need for water

[ ] Scientists have developed and deployed a series of new imaging and machine-learning tools to discover attributes that contribute to water-use efficiency in crop plants during…

10 IGB members receive Presidential Medallion

[ ] University of Illinois President Tim Killeen on Monday honored 28 key leaders of the system’s COVID-19 response with the Presidential Medallion, including 10 from the IGB. The…

Bioprocess developed for converting plant materials into valuable chemicals

[ ] A team of scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign developed a bioprocess using engineered yeast that completely and efficiently converted plant matter consisting…

Exploring RNA Splicing’s Role in Liver Cancer

[ ] When Auinash Kalsotra (CGD/GNDP), member of the Cancer Center at Illinois, Associate Professor and the William C. Rose Scholar of Biochemistry, attended college at Birla Institute…

Pollen Power concludes its first online camp

[ ] The Pollen Power camp, which takes place over the summer, targets 6th-8th grade students from underrepresented populations in STEM with the goal of training them to observe their…

Some birds steal hair from living mammals

[ ] Dozens of online videos document an unusual behavior among tufted titmice and their closest bird kin. A bird will land on an unsuspecting mammal and, cautiously and stealthily,…

iGEM 2021: Designing better enzymes to break down plastic

[ ] Polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, is a type of plastic that is widely used for packaging food and beverages, including soft drinks, juices, and water. Although PET is the most…

$2.4M NIH grant will develop biomaterials to repair skulls, promote regeneration

[ ] A new research project led by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign aims to develop biomaterials that are strong, malleable, and support stem cell growth to transform skull…

Should the government implement a vaccine passport system?

[ ] Vaccine passports strike the right balance between letting life go on for those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 while still being realistic about the ongoing public…

New approach eradicates breast cancer in mice

[ ] A new approach to treating breast cancer kills 95-100% of cancer cells in mouse models of human estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancers and their metastases in bone, brain,…

How does the structure of cytolysins influence their activity?

[ ] Although Enterococcus faecalis is usually an innocuous member of the bacterial community in the human gut, it can also cause several infections, including liver disorders. The…

New grant awarded to develop better in vivo DNA-editing techniques

[ ] The National Institutes of Health have awarded a $2.2 million grant to researchers at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. The four-year grant will be used to develop…