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Amazing Student: Stephan George

Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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Triple Franklin major Stephan George (B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; B.S. Genetics; B.S. Biology) is committed to making a difference for people with disabilities:

I am currently conducting a research project in the Wells laboratory at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center. I am investigating the role that seven mutations in a gene called O-GlcNAc Transferase play in the development of intellectual disability. I also recently began a project studying the role of the sugar GlcNAc in satiety signaling via the leptin response pathway.

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Researchers publish breakthrough in reversing leukemia

Posted 9 months 1 week ago
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Today in the journal Nature, a UGA research team led by Takahiro Ito published important new work that identifies a new drug target for the two most common types of myeloid leukemia, including a way to turn back the most aggressive form of the disease:

By blocking a protein called BCAT1, the researchers were able to stop cancer cell growth in mice and human blood samples from leukemia patients.

The BCAT1 protein activates the metabolism of a group of amino acids known as branched-chain amino acids, or BCAAs, that are essential building blocks of proteins in all cells and thus...

The Evolution of Parenting

Posted 1 year 1 week ago
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Genetics researchers share a new study that builds on 50 years of theorizing by behavioralists - how parenting changes parents:

The study, published this month in Nature Communications, finds that the transition from a non-parenting state to a parenting state reflects differences in neuropeptides generally associated with mating, feeding, aggression and increased social tolerance.

Neuropeptides are small proteins that allow neurons in the brain to communicate with each other; they also influence behavior.

The team's research-tested on an insect, the burying beetle...

Researchers receive Moore Foundation grant to study the global ocean microbiome

Posted 1 year 1 month ago
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A $1.3 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation will allow Franklin researchers to uncover answers about an important metabolic link that takes place in the Earth's oceans:

Microorganisms in the largest microbial habitat on Earth, the ocean microbiome, function similarly to microorganisms in the human gut; they perform chemical transformations that keep the whole system healthy.

Phytoplankton, the microbial primary producers of the ocean, take up carbon dioxide and provide the building blocks for all marine life, while bacteria use these building blocks to...

Metabolomics expert Arthur Edison

Posted 2 years 9 months ago
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Metabolomics is the study of chemical processes involving metabolites, and specifically, the system of unique chemical fingerprints that specific cellular processes leave behind. The metabolome represents the collection of all metabolites in a biological cell, tissue, organ or organism, so it is easy to see how this complex is intertwined into many new frontiers of research in human health. 

Arthur S. Edison, one of the leading experts on nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and metabolomics is joining the faculty at UGA as its newest Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar:...

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