Science Market Update

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Urbana-Champaign Team Receives Grant For Endometriosis Treatment

Posted by Sam Asher on Thu, Feb 19, 2015

A forward-thinking team of researchers at The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign have discovered an unconventional method to treat a prevalent disorder called endometriosis. The team utilizes two new drug compounds which overturn the assumptions of traditional treatment and drastically improve results.

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Urbana Researcher Contradicts on Cause of Heart Disease

Posted by Anita Zhang on Sun, Apr 13, 2014

Low-density Lipoprotein (LDL) has been considered to be the major cause of heart disease. However, Professor Fred Kummerow from the University of Illinois recently drew a different conclusion on this issue based on his six-decades research.

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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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