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.
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."