New CRSPR Technique, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
August 16, 2018

New CRISPR technique skips over portions of genes that can cause disease

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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 […]

August 2, 2018

Nowhere to hide: Molecular probe illuminates elusive cancer stem cells in live mice

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University of Illinois researchers developed a molecular probe that can tag and track elusive cancer stem cells in both cell cultures and live organisms.

Ruby Mendenhall, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
August 2, 2018

Ruby Mendenhall and Interdisciplinary Research

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Ask Ruby Mendenhall about the scope of her activities, and you’re quickly overwhelmed. Ask her to illustrate how they all connect, and you’ll soon have a page full of circles, lines, themes and projects – many of them connecting people you’d think would have little to talk about. Yet they do.

Timothy Fan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carle Illinois College of Medicine
July 12, 2018

Products of omega-3 fatty acid metabolism may have anticancer effects, study shows

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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. The molecules, called endocannabinoids, are made naturally by the body and have similar properties to cannabinoids found in marijuana – but without the psychotropic effects. In […]

First Class, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
July 3, 2018

Carle Illinois Welcomes Inaugural Class

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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 […]

June 22, 2018

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

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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. The system uses precisely tailored pulses of light to simultaneously image with multiple wavelengths. This enables the researchers to study concurrent processes within cells and tissue, and could […]

May 29, 2018

3-D printed sugar scaffolds offer sweet solution for tissue engineering, device manufacturing

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University of Illinois engineers built a 3-D printer that offers a sweet solution to making detailed structures that commercial 3-D printers can’t: Rather than a layer-upon-layer solid shell, it produces a delicate network of thin ribbons of hardened isomalt, the type of sugar alcohol used to make throat lozenges. The water-soluble, biodegradable glassy sugar structures […]

May 29, 2018

Study shows how bacteria guide electron flow for efficient energy generation

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Biochemists at the University of Illinois have isolated a protein supercomplex from a bacterial membrane that, like a battery, generates a voltage across the bacterial membrane.

May 22, 2018

New technique can track drug and gene delivery to cells

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University of Illinois researchers, including Carle Illinois professor Andrew Smith, say they now know how to track and map drug and gene delivery vehicles to evaluate which are most effective at infiltrating cells and getting to their targets.

May 7, 2018

New CRISPR technology ‘knocks out’ yeast genes with single-point precision

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Carle Illinois College of Medicine professor and research mentor, Huimin Zhao, has developed CRISPR-based technology that “knocks out” yeast genes with single-point precision – offering potential benefits to industries that use the yeast to produce ethanol, chemicals, lubricants and pharmaceuticals.