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The National Cancer Institute awards the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign roughly $5 million in research funding each year. This funding supports a number of cancer research projects conducted at the university. One such project is a ground breaking study of nanoparticles that researchers designed to specifically bind to a protein that marks the surface of breast cancer stem cells and destroy them. These elusive and rare cells can cause cancer to come back years after the tumor has been treated.Read More
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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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.
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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