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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.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
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.