HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Illinois researchers to play key roles in study of emergence of life

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Three scientists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have leading roles in a multi-institution quest funded by the National Science Foundation to determine how life emerged on Earth.

A second grant, from the U.S. Department of Energy, will allow the Illinois researchers to go a step farther: They will seek to discover how translation within cells may have begun and evolved with and into life's genetic code.

Three Illinois scientists have lead roles on both grants: Nigel Goldenfeld, a professor of physics, chemistry professor Zaida Luthey-Schulten and Carl Woese, who holds the University's Stanley O. Ikenberry chair. Goldenfeld and Woese, a microbiologist, are among the co-principal investigators on the NSF grant, while all three head the DOE grant.

The grants will be administered to the Illinois researchers through the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB).

The NSF this month approved a $5 million, five-year grant from its Frontiers in Integrative Biological Research (FIBR) program to Illinois, Arizona State University, the Carnegie Institute, the University of Colorado, George Mason University and the Santa Fe Institute. The Santa Fe Institute is the lead institution. Harold Morowitz, a professor of biology and natural philosophy at George Mason, is the lead researcher.

Work already has begun under the $900,000, three-year DOE grant, awarded through the agency's program on Genomes to Life. The researchers hope that their work will provide a fundamental understanding of the core processes of modern-day cells, ultimately enabling a variety of applications central to the mission of the Department of Energy, including a better understanding of how to control and repair ecosystems.

Woese's research, Goldenfeld said, is a driving force behind both grants.

"Both grants are for research on evolution -- the convergence of evolution, ecology and systems biology, all o
'"/>

Contact: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor
jebarlow@uiuc.edu
217-333-5802
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
28-Sep-2005


Page: 1 2 3 4 5

Related biology news :

1. Illinois-based study of energy crops finds miscanthus more productive than switchgrass
2. Illinois researchers presenting at ASPB Annual Meeting in Chicago, July 7-11
3. Researchers at Illinois explore queen bee longevity
4. How does soy promote weight loss? University of Illinois scientist finds another clue
5. Energy institute will put Illinois at forefront of farm bioenergy production
6. U of Illinois professor tout health benefits of Hispanic foods and beverages
7. University of Illinois scientist helping processors keep E. coli out of meat
8. Bird flu poses threat to international security, Illinois scholar says
9. Illinois research zeroing in on optimum soil nitrogen rates
10. Field Museum book profiles Illinois insects
11. Children at risk, says Illinois agricultural economist who helped assess the worlds ecosystem

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/23/2020)... , ... June 23, 2020 ... ... of gene-to-protein and monoclonal antibody development services, today announced that the company ... and services to the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, and research industries. The decision to ...
(Date:6/23/2020)... ... 2020 , ... The field of quantitation of large molecules or proteins has ... area. However, the use of mass spectrometry in this field has gained a lot ... do you choose which approach to use (LBA or MS)?” In many cases, ...
(Date:6/23/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2020 , ... In its ... feature interview with Dr. James L. Sherley, M.D., Ph.D., founder and director of ... the company announced on June 16 that starting July 5 it would ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:8/15/2020)... ... August 13, 2020 , ... True Terpenes , the leading platform for ... Board (SAB) to research the medical potential of terpenes and the potential entourage ... terpenes. The board is focused on expanding the recently launched line of effects-based terpenes ...
(Date:8/12/2020)... ... August 11, 2020 , ... The FSHD Society announced today ... Clinical Trial Research Network (FSHD CTRN), with consideration of follow-on funding ... of academic research centers in the United States and Europe with expertise in ...
(Date:8/12/2020)... ... August 12, 2020 , ... Inc. ... a global leader in FDA compliance consulting has been named on its annual ... The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the ...
(Date:8/3/2020)... ... 2020 , ... ERT, the global leader in ... named one of the 100 most inspiring individuals in the life-sciences industry by ... based on how they have inspired their colleagues and affected positive changes in ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: