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Researchers discover a starring role for chaperone protein Hfq in gene regulation

[ ] A cell’s efforts to respond and adapt to its external environment rely on an elaborate yet coordinated set of molecular partnerships within. The more we learn about this…

Long-term estrogen therapy changes microbial activity in the gut, study finds

[ ] Long-term therapy with estrogen and bazedoxifene alters the microbial composition and activity in the gut, affecting how estrogen is metabolized, a new study in mice found.…

New Woese Undergraduate Research Scholar Lauren Todorov

[ ] Lauren Todorov likes to think that life is a web — if you look hard enough, you’ll find that everything is connected. She’s applying this mindset to the research she is pursuing…

Larger sample sizes needed to increase reproducibility in neuroscience studies

[ ] Small sample sizes in studies using functional MRI to investigate brain connectivity and function are common in neuroscience, despite years of warnings that such studies likely…

Neighborhood, breast cancer rates in African-American women linked

[ ] Neighborhood characteristics such as racial composition and poverty rates are associated with increased risks of late-stage breast cancer diagnoses and higher mortality rates…

Two Ancient populations diverged in the Americas later ‘reconverged’

[ ] A new genetic study of ancient individuals in the Americas and their contemporary descendants finds that two populations that diverged from one another 18,000 to 15,000 years ago…

Scientists boost crop production by 47% by speeding up photorespiration

[ ] Plants such as soybeans and wheat waste between 20 and 50 percent of their energy recycling toxic chemicals created when the enzyme Rubisco—the most prevalent enzyme in the world—…

New technique can track drug and gene delivery to cells

[ ] With targeted drug and gene therapies, finding the target cells is only half the battle. Once these agents reach a cell’s surface, they still have to get inside and do their job.…

Cassava breeding hasn’t improved photosynthesis or yield potential

[ ] Cassava is a staple in the diet of more than one billion people across 105 countries, yet this “orphaned crop” has received little attention compared to popular crops like corn…

CRISPR tech ‘knocks out’ yeast genes with single-point precision

[ ] The CRISPR-Cas9 system has given researchers the power to precisely edit selected genes. Now, researchers have used it to develop a technology that can target any gene in the…

Walnuts impact gut microbiome and improve health

[ ] Diets rich in nuts, such as walnuts, have been shown to play a role in heart health and in reducing colorectal cancer. According to a new study from the University of Illinois,…

Ruby Mendenhall new Assistant Deanship, Carle Illinois College of Medicine

[ ] Ruby Mendenhall has been named the assistant dean for diversity and democratization of health innovation at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. Mendenhall is also an associate…

Respect Indigenous ancestors: Scholars urge community engagement

[ ] A new article in the journal Science provides guidance for those intending to study ancient human remains in the Americas. The paper, written by Indigenous scholars and scientists…

Protect forest elephants to conserve ecosystems, not DNA

[ ] Although it is erroneously treated as a subspecies, the dwindling African forest elephant is a genetically distinct species. New University of Illinois research has found that…

Earth BioGenome Project aims to sequence genomes of 1.5M species

[ ] An international consortium of scientists is proposing a massive project to sequence, catalog and analyze the genomes of all known eukaryotic species on the planet, an undertaking…

Registration Open - IGB Fellows Symposium, May 3, 2018

[ ] Learn about IGB research, hear about current issues in the life sciences, and connect with other students on campus at the annual Fellows Symposium. This full-day event, sponsored…

Humans are Sumatran rhinoceros’ biggest threat—and last hope

[ ] The little-known and smallest member of the rhinoceros family, the Sumatran rhinoceros, is critically endangered. Today between 30 and 100 are isolated on the islands of Sumatra…

New NIH-funded research aims to improve prostate cancer outcomes

[ ] University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers recently received a $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a new assay technology that…

Study yields million-plus new compounds, pharmaceutical potential

[ ] Researchers say they can now produce a vast library of unique cyclic compounds, some with the capacity to interrupt specific protein-protein interactions that play a role in…

Scientists engineer crops to conserve water, resist drought

[ ] Agriculture already monopolizes 90 percent of global freshwater—yet production still needs to dramatically increase to feed and fuel this century’s growing population. For the…