September 20, 2013 | Events on Campus
Leading expert on genetics of obesity to deliver Boyd Lecture at UGA
World-renowned geneticist Claude Bouchard, professor and director of the Human Genomics Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, will deliver the fall 2013 George H. Boyd Distinguished Lecture at the University of Georgia. He will speak at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 in the UGA Hotel and Conference Center's Mahler Hall. His lecture is titled "The Obesity Epidemic: Reflection on Contentious Issues."
August 26, 2013 | Research News
UGA researchers find way to improve plant defenses without negatively impacting growth
Salicylic acid is key to protecting plants from everything from extreme temperatures to diseases. But increasing this naturally occurring chemical typically results in stunted plant growth.
July 11, 2013 | Research News
Researchers say heirloom crop varieties hold secret of meeting global food demands
Across the globe, humans rely on fewer than a dozen plants to feed themselves and their families.
June 24, 2013 | Research News
UGA professor’s book critiques genetics as disease predictor
Actress and director Angelina Jolie made headlines recently when she announced in a New York Times article that she underwent a double mastectomy after testing positive for a mutated BRCA1 gene, which increases her risk for developing both breast and ovarian cancer. Jolie lost her mother to ovarian cancer, and her aunt recently passed away from breast cancer, so her family history also increases her risk for developing these diseases.
May 23, 2013 | Research News
UGA research aims to fix long-held, inaccurate insect model
In humans, a polymer called melanin determines skin, eye and hair color—the darker the skin, the more melanin in a person's body. For insects, melanin is a major aspect of their immune defense systems—their blood darkens in response to pathogens.
March 29, 2013 | Research News
UGA researchers track down gene responsible for short stature of dwarf pearl millet
While pearl millet is a major food staple in some of the fastest growing regions on Earth, relatively little is known about the drought-hardy grain.
January 24, 2013 | Events on Campus
Childhood obesity expert to speak Feb. 6 at UGA
Michael Goran, a leading researcher in the field of childhood obesity and a professor at the University of Southern California, will discuss his work Feb. 6 from 12:20-1:30 p.m. in room 104 of Conner Hall at the University of Georgia. His talk will cover "The Sugar ‘Maize': Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Obesity and Metabolic Risk—from Genes to Policy."
December 20, 2012 | Research News
UGA researchers publish ‘gold-standard’ cotton genome sequence
University of Georgia researchers, working with representatives from most of the world's major cotton-producing countries, have led the description of the first "gold-standard" genome sequence for cotton.
November 19, 2012 | Research News
UGA partners with Emory, Georgia Tech and CDC Foundation on malaria research center
The University of Georgia, an internationally recognized leader in tropical and emerging global diseases and bioinformatics, will partner with other Georgia institutions to establish a comprehensive center that will study the systems biology of nonhuman primate and human malaria.
November 13, 2012 | Research News
Nature study reveals loss of essential blood cell gene leads to anemia
Scientists at the University of Georgia, Harvard Medical School and the University of Utah have discovered a new gene that regulates heme synthesis in red blood cell formation. Heme is the deep-red, iron-containing component of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood.
October 2, 2012 | Research News
Pioneer of modern embryology to deliver Boyd Lecture at UGA
World renowned embryologist Nicole le Douarin, honorary professor at the College of France, will deliver the fall 2012 George H. Boyd Distinguished Lecture at the University of Georgia. She will speak at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 in room 101 of the Pharmacy South building. Her lecture is titled, "Tracing the Migration of Cells during Development: An Overview of 40 Years of Studies with the Avian Embryo."
August 27, 2012 | Research News
Discovery of plant gene lays groundwork for improved biofuel processing
Since 2007, researchers at the BioEnergy Science Center, one of three Department of Energy-funded research centers, have partnered to figure out how to break down plants so that they easily release the simple sugars that can be processed into biofuels. It's a breakthrough that could make biofuels cost competitive with gasoline.
August 24, 2012 | Research News
UGA researchers develop new method to detect, analyze DNA and RNA
University of Georgia researchers have employed specially designed nanomaterials to develop a new, label-free DNA detection method that promises to reduce the cost and complexity of common genetic tests.
August 23, 2012 | Research News
Biofuel from biomass one step closer to reality thanks to discovery to manipulate ‘hot’ microbes
The single most important barrier to the use of lignocellulosic biomass such as switchgrass, populus, sorghum and miscanthus for production of biofuels is the resistant nature of the biomass itself. The problem lies in the conversion or degradation of complex biomass to make products of interest.
June 18, 2012 | Research News
Tomato sequencing project sheds light on the plant’s origins
Researchers in the University of Georgia Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory recently helped finish the decade-long process of sequencing the tomato genome.