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Institute for Genomic Biology Director Gene Robinson honored with iCON Innovator Award

July 9, 2013

Institute for Genomic Biology Director Gene Robinson honored with iCON Innovator Award

Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) Director Dr. Gene Robinson of the University of Illinois has been chosen to receive the iBIO® Institute’s 2013 iCON Innovator Award. The award recognizes excellence in both teaching and scholarship of biotechnology in Illinois. Robinson will be honored at a ceremony in Chicago later this year.


July 9, 2013


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In a new study, researchers report that a regulatory gene known to be involved in learning and the detection of novelty in vertebrates also kicks into high gear in the brains of honey bees when they are learning how to find food and bring it home.


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