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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…

Postmenopausal women may benefit from estrogen compound research

[ ] Postmenopausal women have increased risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease due to loss of estrogen from metabolic changes. A high-fat diet further exacerbates the disease,…

BBC’s Follow the Food to feature RIPE research

[ ] On October 29th, the Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) project will be featured on an episode of Follow the Food on BBC World News. Hosted by world-renowned…

SimBioSys Raises $15 Million in Series A funding

[ ] SimBioSys announced today it raised $15 million in Series A funding to accelerate the development and commercialization of its TumorScope software platform. The company’s novel,…

Compact biosensor microscope built for point of care diagnostics

[ ] Current medical diagnostics involve sending samples to laboratory facilities, which can be difficult and expensive. Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have…

Can parental care influence sperm-mediated effects in threespine sticklebacks?

[ ] Animals can influence their offspring through multiple signals starting from fertilization to after birth. However, researchers have seldom looked at how these different signals…

Referential alarm calls increase vigilance in brood parasite hosts

[ ] Yellow warblers are hosts to brood parasitic brown-headed cowbirds, which rely on other species to raise their offspring. Warblers use referential “seet” calls to warn female…

Winners of the Mikashi Awards announced

[ ] The Proof-of-Concept Program, named the Mikashi Awards, is funded by the Catherine and Don Kleinmuntz Center for Genomics in Business and Society (Kleinmuntz Center) to support…

Analytical technique helps spot subtle differences in subcellular chemistry

[ ] Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign can now rapidly isolate and chemically characterize individual organelles within cells. The new technique tests the…

Deep-learning algorithm aims to accelerate protein engineering

[ ] Proteins are the molecular machines of all living cells and have been exploited for use in many applications, including therapeutics and industrial catalysts. To overcome the…

AI in Cancer Research: Applications of Computational Genomics

[ ] In bioinformatics, machine learning (ML) tools are used to solve problems in molecular biology and genetics. In healthy cells, genes — the carriers of hereditary information — are…

Graduate students awarded for their innovative proposals

[ ] The first Young Innovator Program concluded in August 2021. It was a ten-week summer program that was designed to teach trainees how to become innovative leaders in their fields.…

How SNPs can be used to detect disease pathways

[ ] Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have developed a new computational tool that can identify pathways related to diseases, including breast and prostate…