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Force triggers gene expression by stretching chromatin

How genes in our DNA are expressed into traits within a cell is a complicated mystery with many players, the main suspects being chemical. However, a new study by University of Illinois researchers and collaborators in China has demonstrated that external mechanical force can directly regulate gene expression. The study also identified the pathway that conveys the force from the outside of the cell into the nucleus.

Researchers advance understanding of schistosome reproduction

Illinois researchers advance understanding of schistosome reproduction

Characterizing stem cells in larval schistosomes may help control the prolific human parasite

Ancient Egyptian mummies revealed that humans have been hosting parasitic flatworms called schistosomes for more than 5,000 years. Today the parasites continue to plague millions of people across the world, causing roughly 250,000 deaths each year.

IGB Fellow receives Career Award from Burroughs Wellcome Fund

IGB Fellow receives Career Award from Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Bo Wang, IGB Fellow in the Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering theme, has received a Career Award at the Scientific Interface by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Designed to support those seeking to merge their education in engineering, computation or mathematics with an academic career in the biological sciences, the award will provide support for two years of postdoctoral study and three years of independent research. Career Awards are granted to only ten applicants a year.

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