Life Sciences News | University of Illinois

NewsBureauillinois
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign logo

Life Sciences News

Researchers develop new tools to detect and monitor tuberculosis in Asian elephants.

Team studies immune response of Asian elephants infected with a human disease

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 16, 2014

Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the organism that causes tuberculosis in humans, also afflicts Asian (and occasionally other) elephants. Diagnosing and treating elephants with TB is a challenge, however, as little is known about how their immune systems respond to the infection. A new study begins to address this knowledge gap, and offers new tools for detecting and monitoring TB in captive elephants.

Published Date: July 16, 2014


An emerging fungal disease threatens the last eastern massasauga rattlesnake population in Illinois.

Scientists gear up to fight deadly snake fungal disease

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 15, 2014

Researchers have developed a faster and more accurate way to test for infection with Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, a fungus that is killing snakes in the Midwest and eastern United States. The test also allows scientists to monitor the progression of the infection in living snakes.

Published Date: July 15, 2014


Tiny walking bio-bots are powered by muscle cells and controlled by an electric field.

Muscle-powered bio-bots walk on command

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 30, 2014

A new generation of miniature biological robots is flexing its muscle. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated a class of walking “bio-bots” powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical pulses, giving researchers unprecedented command over their function.

Published Date: June 30, 2014


University of Illinois speech and hearing science professor Fatima Husain and her colleagues found that tinnitus, a condition in which a person hears a ringing sound despite the lack of an actual sound, is associated with emotional processing in a different part of the brain than in those without the condition.

People with tinnitus process emotions differently from their peers, researchers report

Author: Chelsey B. Coombs, News Bureau Intern

Published Date:June 25, 2014

Patients with persistent ringing in the ears – a condition known as tinnitus – process emotions differently in the brain from those with normal hearing, researchers report in the journal Brain Research.

Published Date: June 25, 2014


Palmer amaranth grows very fast, germinates throughout the season, produces lots of seeds, can tolerate heat extremes and is very adaptable, researchers report.

Palmer amaranth threatens Midwest farm economy, researchers report

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 3, 2014

An invasive weed that has put some southern cotton farmers out of business is now finding its way across the Midwest – and many corn and soybean growers don’t yet appreciate the threat, University of Illinois researchers report.

Published Date: June 3, 2014


University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Charles Hillman, right, and graduate student Mark Scudder looked at electrical activity in the brain to help explain why fitness is associated with better language skills in children.

Brain signals link physical fitness to better language skills in children

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 3, 2014

University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Charles Hillman, right, and graduate student Mark Scudder looked at electrical activity in the brain to help explain why fitness is associated with better language skills in children.

Published Date: June 3, 2014