genetics

Researchers receive Moore Foundation grant to study the global ocean microbiome

Posted 1 year 7 months 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...

Franklin alumni Julie and Drew Wade

Posted 1 year 8 months ago
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Georgia Magazine features a UGA couple this month who personify the long-lasting effects of our learning environment - both on career success and on the desire to make sure more UGA students share thier opportunities:

The couple and their three children live in Savannah, where Julie (AB ’96, JD ’00) leads a thriving law firm and Drew (BS ’97, AB ’97) is a radiologist with SouthCoast Health. As Julie tells it, their life together really started at UGA, where both benefitted from state-funded and private support.

“We had a tremendous experience for free,” Julie explains. “I was...

The CRISPR Revolution

Posted 2 years 1 month ago
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The hottest new area of scientific investigation, moving forward thanks to the work of UGA faculty and graduate students, is featured in the current issue of UGA Research magazine:

a recently developed gene-editing tool commonly known by the acronym CRISPR, which makes it possible to snip out and replace segments of DNA inside the cells of living organisms with extraordinary precision. The technology is only about three years old, but it’s both easier and cheaper than other gene editing techniques, and it is quickly taking the scientific world by storm.

So great is the...

Searching for clues in neural tube defects

Posted 2 years 1 month ago
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Geneticist Jian-Fu Chen's project to understand why neural tube defects, the second most common birth defect in humans, occur recently gained new support from the National Institutes of Health:

The neural tube becomes the brain and spinal cord in a developing embryo. The defect occurs when a neural plate folds into a tube during an embryo's development, explained Chen, who works in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences' genetics department.

When the tube doesn't fully close, it results in defects like spina bifida, which can result in severe disabilities like paralysis of...

How plants respond to climate change

Posted 2 years 2 months ago
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Jill Anderson, an assistant professor of genetics, has received a $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation Early Career Development Program to study the effects of climate change on plants. Among the NSF's most prestigious, CAREER awards support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar and the integration of education and research:

Anderson's project tests whether plants will be able to survive on a warming planet by using a mustard plant species called Drummond's rockcress as a model. Native to the Rocky Mountains, Drummond's rockcress can grow at...

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