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

$5M Research Grant for UIUC to Make Sorghum a Sweet Source of Biofuel

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Mon, Mar 28, 2016

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) was awarded a $5 million grant to study ways to increase the water use efficiency (WUE) of sorghum, a crop used for bioenergy. Researchers hope to make sorghum an even more practical source of bioenergy by decreasing the plant’s moisture loss so that it can be farmed in lands that would be too arid for traditional sorghum. In fact, they propose to increase the WUE for their sorghum by as much as 40%.

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Tags: University of Illinois, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, UIUrbana, 2016, BioResearch Product Faire

UIUC Bioengineer Builds Better Bio-Bot

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Mar 17, 2016

In January 2013, we were blown away by a completely biological robot created at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Two years later, the team is making exciting new steps in this unique and next-generation endeavor.

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Tags: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, UIUrbana, BioResearch Product Faire Event, IL, 2016

UIUC Scientists Understand Differences Amongst Brains

Posted by Laura Braden on Tue, Mar 15, 2016

When it comes to the brain, there is still so much that scientists don't know, like what causes certain diseases and how traits like memory and intelligence differ from brain to brain. Scientists in Illinois are currently making strides to understand the latter. A team of researchers from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, recently conducted a study that revealed that anatomical and cognitive factors in different brains are affected by different traits.

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Tags: Midwest, Scientists, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, Neuroscience, UIUrbana, Research, IL, 2016, BioResearch Product Faire

New Year, New Antibiotic Paradigm From UIUC

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Jan 07, 2016

When we talk about newly discovered drugs that fight diseases, it can appear that life science researchers pull solutions out of thin air. Indeed, very often the drug production process begins with a lengthy, tedious period of trial and error. However, a chemistry research group at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is attempting a more resourceful approach - discovering new uses for existing drugs.

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Tags: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, UIUrbana, BioResearch Product Faire Event, IL, 2016

Protecting Against Global Warming With Pineapples

Posted by Sam Asher on Wed, Nov 25, 2015

Bioresearchers have long been studying the nuances of photosynthesis in an effort to improve an already excellent recipe laid down by nature. In recent experience, we have witnessed efforts to increase the efficiency of photosynthesis at Washington University in St. Louis and to increase the productivity of photosynthesis at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Another research group at UIUC is now searching for a way to protect photosynthesizing plants from increasing drought rates.

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

UIUC Researchers Grow Extra Tumors

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Oct 08, 2015

As the field of regenerative medicine rapidly progresses, personalized medicine is becoming more and more common in the life science headlines. In the Science Market Update alone, we’ve witnessed researchers grow replicas of human hearts at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, stomachs and intestines at the University of Cincinnati, and even brains at The Oh­io State University.­ Now a research team at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is following suit by growing a tumor outside of the body.

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

Urbana-Champaign Duo Saves Bats With Yeast

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Aug 13, 2015

Innocuous as they seem, fungi can seriously threaten many forms of life. We saw this May how a fungus can destroy soybean crop, and how a UIUC geneticist developed a method to overcome it. Now, another life science researcher from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is taking up arms against a fungus that threatens the entire North American bat population.

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

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 Geneticist Develops World's First Rust-Resistant Soybean

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, May 21, 2015

The United States leads the world in soybean production, harvesting some $4 billion each year from the plant. So when soybeans start falling prey to an affliction known as soybean rust, researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign step up their game to find a solution. A research geneticist has produced the world’s first rust-resistant soybean variant, solving a decades-old riddle that began at the University of Illinois.

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

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