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Targeted gene therapy slows ALS progression in mice

Targeted gene therapy slows ALS progression in mice

By Shivali Shukla, Assistant Special Sections Editor

September 8, 2020

A recent study has determined that new gene therapies delivered via base-editing technology can slow the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in mice and potentially lead to therapeutic treatments in the future. The study was co-led by Thomas Gaj, assistant professor in Engineering affiliated ...

Follow these tips for getting involved in research

Follow these tips for getting involved in research

By Bella Keys, Staff Writer

September 8, 2020

Getting involved in research during the semester is tough. Most of the time the positions are limited and can be very competitive. In fact, there are also many positions that require previous research experience for an applicant to even be considered. So, now’s the time to do your research and look f...

Mysterious Morrow Plots of the University can impact future of industry

Corn grows in the Morrow Plots on Sunday. The Crop Science department will host their annual Agronomy Day as a virtual event this year.

By Haley Bickelhaupt, Staff Writer

September 8, 2020

Surrounded by a hedged wall and tucked away between the Main and South Quad stands a mysterious piece of land that is of utmost importance to the College of ACES at the University. Throughout students’ time here on campus, many will walk by and wonder about the unusual sight of crop production in th...

Illinois becomes integral in future of artificial intelligence

Illinois becomes integral in future of artificial intelligence

By Shivali Shukla, Assistant Special Sections Editor

September 8, 2020

The University of Illinois will host two new artificial intelligence institutes funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The NSF and USDA-NIFA are planning on investing more than $140 million in seven new artificia...

Take a look into UI’s rigorous COVID-19 testing

Students wait in line to take COVID-19 tests at the Illini Union on Aug. 23. The University’s tesing programs allows thousands of students to test each day and receive their results within 24 to 48 hours.

By Bella Keys, Staff Writer

September 8, 2020

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has been taking precautions, quarantining to try to avoid the spread of the deadly virus. Despite the virus, students have returned to campus at the University of Illinois. The University has implemented a rigorous testing program. This program allo...

Fettuccine-like rocks could indicate life on Mars

By Natalie Stanowski, Assistant Technograph Editor

September 26, 2019

A NASA-funded study, led by University geology professor Bruce Fouke, has determined that a certain type of pasta-looking rock could be indicative of past life on the red planet.  These fettuccine-like rocks are a subset of Travertine, a type of banded sedimentary rock that is made up of calcium carbonate...

Higher levels of optimism linked to more restful sleep

By Sonal Singh, Staff Writer

September 26, 2019

Sleep plays an integral role in each and every one of our lives. We spend a third of our lives asleep, during which some of our body’s most important processes take place. It is common knowledge that we need at least 7 hours of sleep in order to function properly. However, according to a report by...

Infants expect leaders to intervene by 17 months

By Ava Traverso, Technograph Editor

September 26, 2019

A facet of our society that has been around as long as recorded history can remember is the organization of hierarchal systems. Where did this organization first begin? Was it learned, or was it hardwired into the human DNA? A stepping-stone to the answer of these questions may lay with younger generations,...

Grad student balances research and sorority life

By Ava Traverso, Technograph Editor

September 26, 2019

When the word ‘research’ comes to mind, one may think of lab coats, microscopes and complicated science experiments. Overall, the general feeling surrounding research can come off as unattainable and as a difficult community to break into. In the changing world we live in, the exploration of science...

Putting plants on the stand – the dangers of invasive plant species

By Bella Keys, Technograph Writer

September 26, 2019

Evil comes in all forms, and invasive plants happen to be a special type of it. They have racked up quite a list of offenses against the environment, killing all kinds of species. It’s time that these plants get what’s coming to them, it’s time they’re brought to trial. The charges again...

Study examines relationships amongst exercise, technology and cognition

By Aristides Theodoropoulos, Technograph Writer

September 26, 2019

The department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University is currently studying the connections between the brain and the body. In particular, Dr. Sean Mullen and his team are at the forefront of this research. Mullen's team has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2012. The...

Cosmeceuticals promise anti-aging products, pose health risks

Cosmeceuticals promise anti-aging products, pose health risks

By Aristides Theodoropoulos, Technograph Writer

April 26, 2019

Some, more than others, are coming into contact with cosmetic products purported to exhibit anti-aging effects. These products, now being called cosmeceuticals, can be found all over the internet as well as on store shelves. The term “cosmeceutical” was coined in 1985 and is defined as “cosmetics that c...

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