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Low doses of the soy isoflavone genistein change estrogen-responsive breast tumor cells to a more aggressive, less treatable form of cancer, suggests new research by Juan Andrade, right, and William Helferich, both professors in the department of food science and human nutrition.

Soy supplements with isoflavones 'reprogram' breast cancer cells

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:February 24, 2014

Women with estrogen-responsive breast cancer who consume soy protein supplements containing isoflavones to alleviate the side effects of menopause may be accelerating progression of their cancer, changing it from a treatable subtype to a more aggressive, less treatable form of the disease, new research suggests.

Published Date: February 24, 2014


Team converts sugarcane to a cold-tolerant, oil-producing crop

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 24, 2014

A multi-institutional team reports that it can increase sugarcane’s geographic range, boost its photosynthetic rate by 30 percent and turn it into an oil-producing crop for biodiesel production.

Published Date: February 24, 2014


Used plastic shopping bags can be converted into petroleum products that serve a multitude of purposes.

Plastic shopping bags make a fine diesel fuel, researchers report

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 12, 2014

Plastic shopping bags, an abundant source of litter on land and at sea, can be converted into diesel, natural gas and other useful petroleum products, researchers report.

Published Date: February 12, 2014


University of Illinois chemistry professor Zaida Luthey-Schulten and physics professor Taekjip Ha led a study of how the ribosome assembles itself.

Advanced techniques yield new insights into ribosome self-assembly

Published Date:February 12, 2014

Ribosomes, the cellular machines that build proteins, are themselves made up of dozens of proteins and a few looping strands of RNA. A new study, reported in the journal Nature, offers new clues about how the ribosome, the master assembler of proteins, also assembles itself.

Published Date: February 12, 2014


A recent study conducted by Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Ruopeng An shows that although the increase in obesity prevalence among adults may be slowing, it continues to increase, especially in those with high body mass index measures.

New evidence shows increase in obesity may be slowing, but not by much

Author: Chelsey Coombs

Published Date:February 5, 2014

In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama referred to an August 2013 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that showed a decline in the obesity rate among low-income pre-school children, saying, “Michelle’s Let’s Move! partnership with schools, businesses and local leaders has helped bring down childhood obesity rates for the first time in 30 years, and that's an achievement that will improve lives and reduce health care costs for decades to come.”

Published Date: February 5, 2014


Entomologist Gene E. Robinson, the director of the Institute for Genomic Biology, will deliver the 23rd Center for Advanced Study Annual Lecture on Feb. 19.

Renowned scientist Gene E. Robinson to deliver CAS lecture

Author: Dusty Rhodes, Arts and Humanities Editor

Published Date:January 31, 2014

Gene E. Robinson, the Swanlund Chair of entomology and the director of the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois, has been selected to deliver the Center for Advanced Study’s 23rd Annual Lecture, continuing the center’s tradition of showcasing the university’s most distinguished scholars. Robinson’s lecture, which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Spurlock Museum on campus, is free and open to the public.

Published Date: January 31, 2014