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Read article: NIH renews support for computational work that advances biomedical research
NIH renews support for computational work that advances biomedical research
Since its launch more than three decades ago, researchers with the Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics Center at the University of Illinois have developed powerful modeling, simulation, and visualization software tools that help researchers better understand...
Read article: Lethal damage to the ribosome, arguably the most important machinery in living organisms, can be repaired
Lethal damage to the ribosome, arguably the most important machinery in living organisms, can be repaired
New research from University of Illinois biochemistry professor Raven Huang reveals that lethal ribosomal damage in bacteria can be reversed by a pair of bacterial enzymes named PrfH and RtcB. The finding raises...
Read article: Govindjee receives Lifetime Achievement Award for photosynthesis research
Govindjee receives Lifetime Achievement Award for photosynthesis research
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign plant biology professor emeritus Govindjee is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society of Photosynthesis Research, an honor he shares with Eva-Mari Aro, a professor emeritus of molecular plant biology at the University of...
Read article: MEET MCB: Daniel Castro
MEET MCB: Daniel Castro
Creating concoctions is a great way to stimulate children of every age. By combining ingredients, they can make new substances to play with and learn about chemical reactions. They could also learn how to become better cooks or better chemists, or in the case of Daniel Castro, both. Castro, a PhD...
Read article: Cancer Center biochemist celebrates 40 Years at Illinois
Cancer Center biochemist celebrates 40 Years at Illinois
Urbana, Ill. – Stephen G. Sligar began his Illinois career in 1982 as a professor of biochemistry. During his 40 years at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Sligar has researched several frontier areas of biochemistry and biophysics, and most recently the structure and function...
Read article: Light-activated technique helps bring cell powerhouses back into balance
Light-activated technique helps bring cell powerhouses back into balance
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Light-activated proteins can help normalize dysfunction within cells and could be used as a treatment for diseases such as cancer or mitochondrial diseases, new research suggests. Researchers from the University of Cincinnati, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the...

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