Science Market Update

Breast Cancer Research Breakthrough at UI Urbana-Champaign

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Wed, Oct 12, 2016

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 American women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime, and each year over 40,000 women die from it. However, thanks to research conducted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the number of deaths due to breast cancer may soon be significantly reduced. 

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Tags: breast cancer research, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, cancer research, Cancer Treatment, Cancer, UI Urbana, Midwest Region, UIUC, cancer therapy

UIUC Nanoparticles Evade Immune System

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Jul 02, 2015

Though we love the protection it gives us from unwanted bacteria and viruses, our immune system can be too belligerent for its own good. Such is too often the case in biotechnology, when researchers develop a new treatment for disease, only to find out that the human immune system will attack and destroy it before any treatment occurs. Now a team at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign has developed a surprisingly cost-effective method for sneaking past aggressive antibodies.

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Tags: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, 2015, BioResearch Product Faire Event, IL, UIUC

UIUC Life Science Researchers Accelerate Neuron Growth With Microtubes

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Nov 13, 2014

In the process of growing and studying neurons in the lab, life science researchers often use flat platforms or dishes. But neural networks in the body don’t lie on a flat plane or platform. A research team from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign decided to add a new dimension to neuron study by developing a 3D environment to study neural networks.

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Tags: Illinois, 2015, UIUrbana, IL, UIUC

Optimizing Photosynthesis at Urbana-Champaign

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Apr 03, 2014

It’s no big surprise that as the world’s population increases, worldwide food production will need a fairly big boost in order to keep up with the growing number of mouths to feed. A study by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations estimates that we will need to produce approximately 70 percent more food by the year 2050, at which point the world will be home to about 2.3 billion more people than today. Working to boost agricultural yield is thus a critical field of study, as the photosynthesis optimization team at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign knows quite well.

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Tags: 2014, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, UIUrbana, BioResearch Product Faire Event, IL, UIUC

UIUC Bioresearch Obstructs Thrombosis

Posted by Sam Asher on Fri, Nov 16, 2012

If you’ve ever been in need of a blood thinner, or you’re an avid reader of the Science Market Update, you’re probably familiar with the drug warfarin. Warfarin is an anticoagulant, which means it decreases the clotting ability of the blood in order to fight blood clots. However, it’s known to cause adverse effects if taken in the wrong amounts. In one of our September articles, we talked about research underway at the University of Illinois at Chicago that focused on prescribing the proper dosage of the drug. Meanwhile, just a few cities over, researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are working on an alternate drug to warfarin.

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Tags: Midwest, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2012, Illinois, BioResearch Product Faire Event, IL, UIUC

UIUC Genomic Biology Lab Wins $8M NASA Grant For Astrobiology Research

Posted by BCI Staff on Tue, Sep 25, 2012

In the search for early life we are going where we have never gone before...with newly-funded astrobiology research at the University of Illinois.

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Tags: Midwest, Bioresearch, Bioresearch funding, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2012, Illinois, biology research, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Funding, Research Funding, IL, genomics research, research grant, new research grants, UIUC

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