December 17, 2014 | Research News
UGA faculty, student partner to sequence bird and crocodilian genomes
Using new computational methods developed by the University of Georgia's Liang Liu, Travis Glenn and others, an international team of scientists was able to shed light on an obscure period of avian evolution and further untangle the bird family tree.
October 29, 2014 | Research News
New study uses DNA sequences to look back in time at key events in plant evolution
Scientists from North America, Europe and China have published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that reveals important details about key transitions in the evolution of plant life on Earth.
October 29, 2014 | Research News
UGA researchers to study cause of obesity-related inflammation
Not all fat is made the same. Scientists have observed that fat cells in an obese person produce more molecules called adipokines, which catch the attention of the body's immune system, causing them to invade fatty tissues.
October 22, 2014 | Research News
$1.44 million NIH grant funds UGA study on link between epigenetics, cancer
A University of Georgia statistics researcher has been awarded a $1.44 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop statistical models that may one day be used to predict cancer and other diseases.
August 26, 2014 | Research News
Scientists grow fully functional organ from transplanted cells
A team of scientists including researchers from the University of Georgia has grown a fully functional organ from scratch in a living animal for the first time. The advance could one day aid in the development of laboratory-grown replacement organs.
June 9, 2014 | Research News
Scientists collaborate to sequence common bean’s genome
Beans are a staple crop and primary protein source for millions of people around the world, but very little has been known about their domestication or nitrogen-fixing properties until now.
June 3, 2014 | Research News
UGA geneticist named one of Cell’s 40 under 40
University of Georgia researcher Robert Schmitz was recently selected by the journal Cell as one of 40 most accomplished young scientists under the age of 40 who are shaping current and future trends in biology.
April 2, 2014 | Research News
First peanut genome sequenced
The International Peanut Genome Initiative—a group of multinational crop geneticists who have been working in tandem for the last several years—has successfully sequenced the peanut's genome.
March 26, 2014 | Research News
UGA researchers explore function of cancer-causing gene
Developmental biologists at the University of Georgia are discovering new roles for a specific gene known as Max's Giant Associated protein, or MGA. A little studied protein, MGA appears to control a number of developmental processes, and also may be connected to cancer development.
March 7, 2014 | Research News
UGA researchers identify candidate genes associated with free radicals
Researchers led by a University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences faculty member have identified candidate genes associated with disease-causing free radicals.
January 23, 2014 | Research News
UGA researchers discover origin of unusual glands in the body
The thymus gland is a critical component of the human immune system that is responsible for the development of T-lymphocytes, or T-cells, which help organize and lead the body's fighting forces against harmful organisms like bacteria and viruses.
January 22, 2014 | General News
Two UGA geneticists receive $1 million NSF CAREER Awards
Andrea Sweigart and David Nelson, assistant professors in the department of genetics in the University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, have each been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program. The five-year, $1 million grants support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
January 8, 2014 | Research News
UGA researchers discover gene associated with deadly birth defect
Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered a specific gene may play a major role in the development of a life-threatening birth defect called congenital diaphragmatic hernia, or CDH, which affects approximately one out of every 3,000 live births.
December 19, 2013 | Research News
International team completes sequence of ancient plant, discovers origin of flowers
The newly sequenced genome of the Amborella trichopoda plant addresses Darwin's "abominable mystery"-the question of why flowers suddenly proliferated on Earth millions of years ago. The genome sequence sheds new light on the origin of flowering plants.
December 19, 2013 | Honors & Awards
Baulcombe to receive first McClintock Prize
Sir David C. Baulcombe, University of Cambridge, U.K., is the first recipient of the McClintock Prize for Plant Genetics and Genome Studies awarded by the Maize Genetics Executive Committee. The announcement was made Dec. 19 by Jeff Bennetzen, chair of the committee and the Norman and Doris Giles Professor of Genetics and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar at the University of Georgia.