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Welcome Genomics for Journalists!

[ ] Imagined as a sort of science “boot camp” for reporters, Genomics for Journalists is a multi-day workshop designed to arm journalists—including those without deep backgrounds in…

World of Genomics coming to National Academy of Sciences Building

[ ] The IGB has partnered with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to present Family Science Day at the NAS Building: DecisionTown in the World of Genomics,…

Brendan Harley inducted into AIMBE College of Fellows

[ ] The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the pending induction of Dr. Brendan Harley, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering…

Neurobiologist Leslie Vosshall to give IGB Distinguished Public Lecture

[ ] Leslie Vosshall, Robin Chemers Neustein Professor, Head of the Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior, and Director of the Kavli Neural Systems Institute at The Rockefeller…

Cystic fibrosis treatment uses 'molecular prosthetic' for lung protein

[ ] An approved drug normally used to treat fungal infections could also do the job of a protein channel that is missing or defective in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis,…

Crops in silico 2.0: Project Extended

[ ] The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Crops in silico (Cis) project has received a $5 million grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to…

Archaeologists find 200-year-old African DNA on tobacco pipe

[ ] DNA found on tobacco pipe stems uncovered by archaeologists from the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) and Anne Arundel County from 200…

Fatty acids rewire cells to promote obesity-related breast cancer

[ ] Scientists at the University of Illinois have found that free fatty acids in the blood appear to boost proliferation and growth of breast cancer cells. The finding could help…

Kleinmuntz Center Proof-of-Concept Program Now Open

[ ] The Catherine and Don Kleinmuntz Center for Genomics in Business and Society (Kleinmuntz Center) is committed to supporting innovation and commercialization taking place here at…

Donovan named to 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

[ ] Sharon Donovan (MME), a professor of nutrition and the Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair in Nutrition and Health at the University of Illinois, has been appointed to the USDA’s 2020…

When temp drops, Siberian Miscanthus plants surpass main bioenergy variety

[ ] Photosynthesis drives yields, but in cold conditions, this process that turns sunlight into biomass takes a hit. Miscanthus is a popular, sustainable, perennial feedstock for…

Illinois researchers are first to count growth factors in single cells

[ ] Whether healthy or diseased, human cells exhibit behaviors and processes that are largely dictated by growth factor molecules, which bind to receptors on the cells. For example,…

Launch of new Center for Genomics in Business and Society at IGB

[ ] The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) is excited to announce the launch of the Catherine and Don Kleinmuntz Center for Genomics in Business and Society, which will…

How to feed the world by 2050?

[ ] One of the most significant challenges of the 21st Century is how to sustainably feed a growing and more affluent global population with less water and fertilizers on shrinking…

NYT Columnist and Author Carl Zimmer to Speak on New Book

[ ] New York Times columnist and renowned author Carl Zimmer will be giving a lecture on his newest book, titled She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of…

Illinois teams with Anheuser-Busch for bee research

[ ] There’s plenty of sweet irony in a new partnership between Illinois and St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, LLC, that will raise money for bee research at the university. Anheuser-…

Ainsworth to receive 2019 NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences

[ ] Elizabeth Ainsworth, USDA Agricultural Research Service, also an adjunct professor at Illinois and a member of the IGB Genomic Ecology of Global Change research theme, will…

Study of archaeal cells could teach us more about ourselves

[ ] Forty-two years after Carl Woese defined archaea as the third domain of life, scientists at the IGB are still learning about these ancient organisms in ways that could help us…

Rising temperatures may safeguard crop nutrition as climate changes

[ ] Recent research has shown that rising carbon dioxide levels will likely boost yields, but at the cost of nutrition. A new study in Plant Journal from the University of Illinois, U…

Researchers study bacterial immunity to understand infectious disease

[ ] Patients with cystic fibrosis are often infected by pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that infects the lungs and prevents breathing, often causing death. P. aeruginosa itself…