blog postsNew CRISPR technique skips over portions of genes that can cause diseaseAug 16, 2018 11:30 am726 views In a new study in cells, University of Illinois researchers have adapted CRISPR gene-editing technology to cause the cell’s internal machinery to skip over a small portion of a gene when transcribing it into a template for protein building. This gives researchers a way not only to eliminate a mutated gene sequence, but to influence how the gene is expressed and regulated. Such targeted editing could one day be useful for treating genetic diseases caused by mutations in the genome, such as Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy, Huntington’s disease or some cancers.‘Illinois Artists’ documentary showcases talented faculty members, students and alumniAug 16, 2018 8:30 am206 views A pioneering ballerina, a groundbreaking theater company and nationally known jazz musicians are featured in a new program on the Big Ten Network. “Illinois Artists” captures University of Illinois performing arts professors, students and alumni performing in New York, Chicago and Urbana. The 30-minute documentary premieres Aug. 21 at 11 p.m. CT on BTN.Study: Human wastewater valuable to global agriculture, economicsAug 15, 2018 12:45 pm281 views It may seem off-putting to some, but human waste is full of nutrients that can be recycled into valuable products that could promote agricultural sustainability and better economic independence for some developing countries.Krannert Art Museum programs to bring art and students togetherAug 15, 2018 8:00 am193 views Krannert Art Museum aims to attract more students with new programs that include social activities, internships and free student memberships.What should we make of the ‘68 Chicago Democratic Convention now?Aug 14, 2018 10:15 am292 views A U. of I. political historian looks back 50 years at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.Maya Rituals UnearthedAug 14, 2018 8:00 am259 views Deep in the untamed lowlands, we search for artifacts buried under hundreds of years of sediment. We are excavating two ancient Maya sites nestled in the sacred landscape of Cara Blanca in central Belize. Both date to A.D. 800-900, when prolonged and severe droughts struck this region, disrupting the daily life of the Maya.Krannert Center residency gives choreographer Jessica Lang resources to create new workAug 14, 2018 8:00 am181 views Choreographer Jessica Lang’s new dance piece, created during a residency at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, was inspired by the cultures and layers of history making up urban landscapes.For now, Illinois’ imperiled eastern massasauga rattlesnakes retain their genetic diversityAug 13, 2018 8:30 am584 views A long-term study of eastern massasauga rattlesnakes in Illinois reveals that – despite their alarming decline in numbers – the few remaining populations have retained a surprising amount of genetic diversity.Latinos on TV: Where are they? And when should we laugh?Aug 9, 2018 10:15 am281 views Professor Isabel Molina-Guzman’s new book examines the role of Latinos in TV sitcoms, as well as the changing form of the genre in a “post-racial” television era.Finding an ancient Maya city in the jungles of BelizeAug 6, 2018 3:00 pm647 views The jungles of central Belize contain thousands of species of insects, birds, reptiles, mammals, trees and flowers. They also contain ancient Maya cities, some of which remain unknown and unexplored. Study finds possible connection between U.S. tornado activity, Arctic sea iceAug 6, 2018 8:15 am754 views The effects of global climate change taking place in the Arctic may influence weather much closer to home for millions of Americans, researchers report.Genomic study ties insect evolution to the ability to detect airborne odorsAug 2, 2018 8:15 am408 views A new study reveals that all insects use specialized odorant receptors that enable them to detect and pursue mates, identify enemies, find food and – unfortunately for humans – spread disease. This puts to rest a recent hypothesis that only some insects evolved the ability to detect airborne odors as an adaptation to flight, the researchers said.Paper: Workplaces serve as training ground or deterrent for civic participationAug 2, 2018 8:00 am435 views The workplace can function as a springboard for increased democratic participation, says new research co-written by U. of I. labor professor Ryan Lamare.Nowhere to hide: Molecular probe illuminates elusive cancer stem cells in live miceAug 1, 2018 9:00 am1183 views After a primary tumor is treated, cancer stem cells may still lurk in the body, ready to metastasize and cause a recurrence of the cancer in a form that’s more aggressive and resistant to treatment. University of Illinois researchers have developed a molecular probe that seeks out these elusive cells and lights them up so they can be identified, tracked and studied not only in cell cultures, but in their native environment: the body. In a paper published in the journal ACS Central Science, the researchers described the probe’s effectiveness in identifying cancer stem cells in cultures of multiple human cancer cell lines as well as in live mice.Tracking a forest’s recovery one year after stormAug 1, 2018 8:30 am414 views We walk out of the typical southern Illinois shady forest into a crazy jumble of fallen trees, thorny vines and tangled shrubs. It’s almost 100 degrees, the humidity is over 85 percent and all of the shade has disappeared. My lab mate and her undergraduate technician volunteered to work with me today, and I wonder what I’ve gotten them into.Study: In darters, male competition drives evolution of flashy fins, bodiesAug 1, 2018 8:00 am248 views Scientists once thought that female mate choice alone accounted for the eye-catching color patterns seen in some male fish. But for orangethroat darters, male-to-male competition is the real force behind the flash, a new study finds.Illinois lecturer receives Eisner Award for ‘Kindred’ graphic novel adaptationJul 31, 2018 9:15 am674 views University of Illinois lecturer and alumnus Damian Duffy won an Eisner Award for the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s science fiction novel “Kindred” that he created with U. of I. alumnus John Jennings.New model reveals rips in Earth’s mantle layer below southern TibetJul 30, 2018 2:00 pm651 views Seismic waves are helping researchers uncover the mysterious subsurface history of the Tibetan Plateau, possibly lending insight to future earthquake activity in the region.Study: Student loans hamper wealth accumulation among black, Hispanic adultsJul 30, 2018 12:00 pm530 views Black and Hispanic adults who graduate college with student loan debt have significantly lower net worth at age 30 than students who don't borrow to pay for college, according to a new study led by University of Illinois scholar Min Zhan.Krannert Art Museum’s $10 million campaign supports acquisitions of work by female artistsJul 25, 2018 9:45 am408 views Krannert Art Museum has expanded its collection by acquiring more works by female artists of the 20th century, with the support of a recently concluded five-year, $10 million fundraising initiative.Chemicals that keep drinking water flowing may also cause foulingJul 25, 2018 7:30 am1495 views Many city drinking water systems add softening agents to keep plumbing free of pipe-clogging mineral buildup. According to new research, these additives may amplify the risk of pathogen release into drinking water by weakening the grip that bacteria – like those responsible for Legionnaires’ disease – have on pipe interiors. Study explores risk factors linked to chikungunya and dengue outbreaksJul 24, 2018 8:15 am569 views In one of the largest studies of its kind, researchers analyzed chikungunya and dengue outbreak data from 76 countries over a period of 50 years, focusing on regions across the Indian Ocean that are hard hit by these and other mosquito-borne infectious diseases.In search of ‘white birds in a nest’Jul 23, 2018 5:15 pm516 views It’s summer in the Florida Panhandle, and we are either drenched in rain or covered in sweat. The mosquitoes are out in full force, and the risk of stumbling upon a venomous snake in the seepage slope and swamps is palpable. If I can look beyond the immediate discomfort, the payoff is enormous.Summer concerts by string musicians part of music workshop at IllinoisJul 20, 2018 9:15 am454 views Several world-class string musicians will perform at the University of Illinois as part of a summer string workshop.In rats, perinatal exposure to phthalates impairs brain structure and functionJul 18, 2018 1:00 pm786 views Male and female rats exposed in the womb and during lactation to plasticizing chemicals known as phthalates had significantly fewer neurons and synapses than those that were not exposed, researchers report in a new study. The phthalate-exposed rats had reductions in the size of their medial prefrontal cortex, a brain region that regulates behavior, and showed deficits in cognitive flexibility. What is a neutrino and why do they matter?Jul 18, 2018 9:30 am1120 views Scientists recently announced the discovery of a subatomic particle that made its way to Earth from an event that occurred 3.7 billion light-years away. Sensors buried within Antarctic ice detected the ghostly cosmic particle, called a neutrino, and traced its origin to a rapidly spinning galactic nucleus known as a blazar. Physical sciences editor Lois Yoksoulian spoke with physics professor Liang Yang about the significance of the discovery.Using an electronic device counteracts benefits of taking a break in nature, researchers findJul 18, 2018 8:45 am1735 views Using a laptop negates the benefits that nature offers in recovering from mental fatigue, according to research from the University of Illinois.The journey to becoming a physician-innovatorJul 17, 2018 9:00 am1463 views A member of the inaugural class recounts her application and surprise acceptance to the Carle Illinois College of MedicineStudy: Protein found to be key component in irregularly excited brain cellsJul 17, 2018 8:30 am570 views Researchers discovered that the tumor suppressor protein p53 is involved in the irregular brain cell activity seen in autism spectrum disorders and epilepsy.Paper: Email incivility has a ripple effect on householdsJul 16, 2018 9:00 am3059 views The negative repercussions of email incivility extend beyond the workplace, and can even negatively affect a domestic partner’s attitude toward their own work, says a new paper from YoungAh Park, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.The weavers of Tambo PerccaroJul 16, 2018 7:00 am729 views About 70 people are waiting for us in the courtyard of the community center when we arrive. They are llama herders, farmers and weavers. Many have walked for miles to be here, some with small children on their backs. We’re not sure what the community center staff told this crowd to get them to show up, but we’re here, and we’ve got something useful to share.Products of omega-3 fatty acid metabolism may have anticancer effects, study showsJul 12, 2018 9:30 am2714 views A class of molecules formed when the body metabolizes omega-3 fatty acids could inhibit cancer’s growth and spread, University of Illinois researchers report in a new study in mice.Exploring the unknown: The Motmot sinkholeJul 9, 2018 8:30 am1254 views Our first two days of searching are laden with humidity. Traversing the ridges and ravines of the Cara Blanca hills leaves us drenched in sweat as we ward off heat exhaustion beneath corozo palm leaves. Two years ago, during a helicopter reconnaissance over this dense jungle in central Belize, wildlife photographer Tony Rath spotted what is now our target: a cavernous hole overflowing with green vegetation, its edges marked by stark white cliff faces. We tried to reach the sinkhole last year, but our attempts were thwarted by a cliff we could not descend. This year, we’re trying again. This time, we came prepared.Work by Illinois dance student performed at national festivalJul 6, 2018 9:30 am1235 views University of Illinois dance student Krystal Collins choreographed a dance that celebrates black girlhood. It was performed at the National College Dance Festival in June.First dogs in the Americas arrived from Siberia, disappeared after European contactJul 5, 2018 1:00 pm2892 views A study reported in the journal Science offers an enhanced view of the origins and ultimate fate of the first dogs in the Americas. The dogs were not domesticated North American wolves, as some have speculated, but likely followed their human counterparts over a land bridge that once connected North Asia and the Americas, the study found.High-power electronics keep their cool with new heat-conducting crystalsJul 5, 2018 1:00 pm1327 views The inner workings of high-power electronic devices must remain cool to operate reliably. High internal temperatures can make programs run slower, freeze or shut down. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and The University of Texas, Dallas have collaborated to optimize the crystal-growing process of boron arsenide – a material that has excellent thermal properties and can effectively dissipate the heat generated in electronic devices.What is Anthony Kennedy’s legacy as a Supreme Court justice?Jul 5, 2018 8:30 am496 views Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has been the court’s “pivot point” between its liberal and conservative elements since Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement in 2006, said Vikram Amar, dean of the University of Illinois College of Law and the Iwan Foundation Professor of Law.Study: Child care providers often lack the training, resources to serve children with disabilitiesJul 3, 2018 11:15 am750 views Although the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law nearly 30 years ago, a survey of child care providers in Illinois indicates little has changed with regard to the inclusion of children with disabilities in child care settings.Carle Illinois College of Medicine welcomes first class of studentsJul 3, 2018 10:00 am7708 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school, welcomed its first class of 32 students July 2. A partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Carle Health System, the college aims to create a cohort of physician-innovators who exemplify the qualities of compassion, competence, curiosity and creativity. The students will receive full four-year tuition scholarships, privately funded, valued at more than $200,000 each.What comes now in the wake of Justice Kennedy’s retirement?Jul 2, 2018 10:45 am346 views An Illinois political scientist talks about the politics of replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy and the future direction of the Supreme Court.Study reveals how polymers relax after stressful processingJul 2, 2018 5:45 am696 views The polymers that make up synthetic materials need time to de-stress after processing, researchers said. A new study has found that entangled, long-chain polymers in solutions relax at two different rates, marking an advancement in fundamental polymer physics. The findings will provide a better understanding of the physical properties of polymeric materials and critical new insight to how individual polymer molecules respond to high-stress processing conditions.Study yields a new scale of earthquake understandingJun 27, 2018 12:45 pm639 views Nanoscale knowledge of the relationships between water, friction and mineral chemistry could lead to a better understanding of earthquake dynamics, researchers said in a new study. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign used microscopic friction measurements to confirm that, under the right conditions, some rocks can dissolve and may cause faults to slip. Should we worry about ticks this summer?Jun 27, 2018 9:30 am1447 views Editor’s note: The number of tick-borne illnesses diagnosed annually in the United States doubled between 2004 and 2016, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Summer is prime tick season, and people spending time outdoors should be vigilant, says University of Illinois entomology professor Brian F. Allan. An expert in the spread of insect- and tick-borne diseases, Allan discussed ticks in Illinois, how to prevent bites and when to seek medical attention in an interview with News Bureau biomedical sciences editor Liz Ahlberg Touchstone.Japan House celebrating 20th anniversary of permanent home with Krannert Center eventJun 25, 2018 8:45 am1048 views Japan House at the University of Illinois is celebrating 20 years in its permanent location with a day of Japanese performances.Stable, predictable work schedules elusive for many Illinois workers, paper saysJun 22, 2018 8:30 am495 views An unpredictable work schedule with irregular shifts has become “a broader, more normative trend across all occupations in Illinois,” says new research co-written by Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois. Bruno’s co-author is Alison Dickson, an instructor in the Labor Education Program at Illinois.Nina Baym, pioneer in the study of American women writers, has diedJun 21, 2018 9:00 am1745 views Nina Baym, an internationally recognized scholar of American literature and a pioneer in the field of study of American women’s writing, has died.DNA enzyme shuffles cell membranes a thousand times faster than its natural counterpartJun 21, 2018 4:00 am1675 views A new synthetic enzyme, crafted from DNA rather than protein, flips lipid molecules within the cell membrane, triggering a signal pathway that could be harnessed to induce cell death in cancer cells. It is the first such synthetic enzyme to outperform its natural counterparts.What now with gerrymandering? Are algorithms part of the answer?Jun 20, 2018 1:00 pm514 views The Supreme Court “punted” this week on the issue of partisan gerrymandering, but left the door open to future action. An Illinois professor hopes her research can be part of the solution.New tissue-imaging technology could enable real-time diagnostics, map cancer progressionJun 20, 2018 8:00 am2858 views A new microscope system can image living tissue in real time and in molecular detail, without any chemicals or dyes, report researchers at the University of Illinois.Long-term estrogen therapy changes microbial activity in the gut, study findsJun 19, 2018 1:15 pm708 views Long-term therapy with estrogen and bazedoxifene changes the microbial composition and activity in the gut, affecting how estrogen is metabolized, University of Illinois researchers found in a new mouse study.