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Designer plants one step closer to growing low-cost medical, industrial proteins

Designer plants one step closer to growing low-cost medical, industrial proteins

Vaccines help protect individuals from lethal infections before they interact with the disease. Antibodies may likewise help reduce the symptoms of the infection brought...
Predicting the properties of disordered polymers

Predicting the properties of disordered polymers

In a new study, scientists used a combination of theory, experiment, and simulation to read patterns on long chains of molecules to understand and...
Materials science and engineering professor Qian Chen, center, and graduate students Binbin Luo, left, and Ahyoung Kim find inspiration in biology to help investigate how order emerges from self-assembling building blocks of varying size and shape. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

Multistep self-assembly opens door to new reconfigurable materials

Observing how nonuniform synthetic particles assemble, engineers at the University of Illinois were surprised to know that it happens in multiples phases. Scientists observed the...
From left: Nicki Engeseth, professor of FSHN; Bill Helferich, professor of FSHN; and doctoral student Ashley Warfield-Oyirifi.

Reused cooking oil promote progression of late-stage breast cancer

Deep-frying is a popular form of food preparation used globally and throughout in the United States. Each time dietary oils are heated to deep-frying...
Scientists plant tobacco seedlings by hand to test alternate photorespiratory pathways in real-world field conditions. They found that these synthetic shortcuts boost productivity by 40 percent, and will now apply this breakthrough to boost the yield of food crops.

Scientists hack plant photosynthesis to boost crop yields by 40%

Photosynthesis is a process in which plants convert light energy into chemical energy, is not a wholly efficient process. A key stage in the photosynthesis process...
Coyotes on Stockton Island, Wisconsin, in 2015. Photo courtesy Max Allen/Erik Olson/Tim Van Deelen

Camera trap study reveals the hidden lives of island carnivores

In order to see carnivores lives in the Apostle Islands in northern Wisconsin, scientists captured almost 200,000 photos by placing 160 cameras. From the...
Researchers developed a rapid-sensing gel to measure a molecular marker of eye injury in a teardrop. From left: Carle opthamologist Dr. Leanne Labriola, Illinois visiting scholar Ketan Dighe and professor Dipanjan Pan.

Color-changing sensor detects signs of eye damage in tears

University of Illinois researchers developed a new point-of-care rapid-sensing device that can detect a key marker of eye injury in minutes. The device is...
How polymers relax after stressful processing?

How polymers relax after stressful processing?

The polymers that make up engineered materials require time to relax after processing. A new examination by Illinois scientists has discovered that entangled, long-chain...
Illinois researchers developed a tissue-imaging microscope that can image living tissue in real time and molecular detail, allowing them to monitor tumors and their environments as cancer progresses. Image courtesy of Stephen Boppart

New tissue-imaging technology could enable real-time diagnostics, map cancer progression

Illinois researchers have developed a new microscope system that holds the potential of capturing living tissue in real time and in molecular detail. The most fascinating...

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