First McClintock Prize

Posted 4 years 2 months ago
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Barbara McClintock (1902-1992) was one of the foremost women scientists in 20th century America, noted for her pioneering research on transposable elements in maize. For this work she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1983. She was the third woman to receive an unshared Nobel Prize in the sciences. Obviously a giant in the field of genetics, the McClintock Prize for Plant Genetics and Genome Studies was established by the Maize Genetics Executive Committee and very first recipient is Sir David C. Baulcombe, of the University of Cambridge, U.K.:


Improving Sorghum

Posted 4 years 3 months ago

Sorghum is a genus of grass species, one of which is raised for grain and many of which are used as fodder, either cultivated or as part of a pasture. Though these highly drought-resistant plants thrive in warmer climates worldwide and were was among the first plants of African origin to have their genome sequenced, little has been done in the way of improving sorghum production, until now:

An international team led by the University of Georgia’s Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory will work toward sustainable intensification of sorghum production through a $4.98 million grant recently...

Genetically Speaking

Posted 4 years 6 months ago
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Genetics lectures series begins today

By Jessica Luton

If the development of species over time is of interest to you, the department of genetics has just the thing for you—a weekly lecture series meant to shine light on genetics research on campus and at other universities.  Featuring visiting scholars and campus experts alike, this series of lectures happens each Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical Sciences on South Campus.

This week’s speaker, Craig T. Miller, an assistant professor in genetics,...

New book discusses genetic testing as disease predictor

Posted 4 years 8 months ago
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Recent headlines concerning the actress Angelina Jolie brought renewed emphasis to the use of genetic testing. A new book by Franklin College assistant professor Kelly Happe further fleshes out the social and cultural context to the discussion of medical decision-making based on genetic testing:

Although Jolie cautioned readers that risks are different for each woman and only a fraction of breast cancers result from an inherited gene mutation, her article rekindled an ongoing debate among patients and medical experts about genetic testing and its role in modern health care.


Alumna wins Breakthrough Prize in the Life Sciences

Posted 4 years 11 months ago

Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin and Yuri Milner jointly established a foundation to reward excellence in life sciences, the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation. And a Franklin alumna is among the 11 inaugural winners of the $3 million award:

The newly created Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation on Wednesday announces the first 11 winners of an award intended to inject excitement into the sometimes lonely, underfunded quests to understand and combat cancer, diabetes, Parkinson's disease and other maladies.

Zuckerberg, who...