cellular biology

Researchers link energy levels to living longer

Posted 1 day 2 hours ago
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A new theory of aging published by Franklin College researchers in the journal BioEssays addresses the link between ATP levels and aging, based on broad research showing that stored energy levels decrease substantially as animals age:

In the BioEssays article, Snehal Chaudhari and Edward Kipreos of the University Georgia propose the “Energy Maintenance Theory of Aging,” which posits that the survival of older animals requires the maintenance of adequate energy levels. The initial insights for this theory came from their research published in the journal Nature Communications in 2017...

Battling neglected diseases

Posted 5 months 1 week ago
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Great overview of the work by Franklin College faculty in the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases, where multi-track efforts are yielding gains against some of the world's worst scourges:

Founded 20 years ago by Regents Professor of Cellular Biology Rick Tarleton, CTEGD consolidates UGA’s extensive, campus-wide tropical disease knowledge and drug discovery expertise into an interdisciplinary research unit that focuses on finding solutions for parasitic diseases. The center has garnered more than $135 million in research funding, and its 25 faculty, spanning eight...

Bio sciences lab team brings science to life for elementary school students

Posted 8 months 3 weeks ago
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Great work from cellular biology faculty and graduate students, awakening young minds with the wonder of science:

It's 8 o'clock on a Friday morning, but the room in Barrow Elementary School is full of energetic chatter.

Fifth-grader Nora Murthy, in particular, is really excited. She's about to examine protists and other microorganisms under a high-power microscope. She and her classmates also will see the damage caused to red blood cells by parasites that cause diseases like malaria and African sleeping sickness, and they'll swab their hands and the bottoms of their shoes,...

Drug Discovery Core laboratory

Posted 9 months 2 weeks ago
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The College of Pharmacy is home to a new campus-wide collaborative facility designed to hasten the development of therapeutic drugs for a number of major diseases, the Drug Discovery Core laboratory:

A survey distributed to UGA researchers in 2016 identified chemical screening and toxicity profiling as the most critical needs for enhancing drug discovery research at UGA, and the DDC will address many of those needs for faculty working in infectious disease, regenerative medicine, cancer biology and other human health-focused disciplines.

Phase one of the new lab will allow...

NIH awards UGA researchers $2.6 million to fight African sleeping sickness

Posted 12 months 2 days ago
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The National Institutes of Health has awarded $2.6 million to University of Georgia researchers to develop new drugs to treat human African Trypanosomiasis, also known as African sleeping sickness:

African Trypanosomiasis, commonly known as HAT, is caused by a single-celled parasite called Trypanosoma brucei, which is transmitted to humans through the bite of a blood-sucking insect called a tsetse fly.

Following a bite, the parasite multiplies in subcutaneous tissues and eventually crosses the blood-brain barrier to infect the central nervous system, causing changes in...

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