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How corn breaks genetics laws

Posted 5 days 21 hours ago
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In a new paper published in the journal Cell, genetics professor Kelly Dawe solves a long-sought mystery:

Modern genetics is based on the idea that genes are passed on to progeny in a predictable fashion, as first described by 19th-century Austrian botanist Gregor Mendel. He determined that genes exist in pairs, and each one of the two has an equal chance of being transmitted to the next generation.

However, in rare exceptions, chromosomes are able to cheat this process and are passed on at a higher frequency.

It may come as a surprise that many heirloom varieties of...

Microbes and a changing environment

Posted 1 week 2 days ago
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A striking new study published in the journal Cell shows details how ancient microbes that thrive in some of the world’s most extreme environments and modern-day humans have more in common than meets the eye—namely, they both respire and conserve energy using a similar molecular mechanism, one that has adapted to changing environmental conditions over billions of years:

"Nature is really good at finding molecules that work and then modifying them and using them over and over again. This is a prime example,” said Michael W.W. Adams, a UGA Distinguished Research and Georgia Power...

Great Commitments: Roberto Perdisci

Posted 1 week 3 days ago
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UGA's recently established Institute for Cybersecurity and Privacy uses anti-malware software developed by the institute’s network security expert, associate professor of computer science Roberto Perdisci, to detect malware downloads on its own networks - a model other institutions are begiining to follow:

“Your antivirus software installed on your computer to protect against malware attacks will always be behind,” Perdisci says. Such software scans downloads for malicious code, but cybercriminals have found ways to disguise malware as legitimate-looking code, enabling them to evade...

Kudos, April 2018

Posted 3 weeks 6 days ago
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Awards season celebrates many of our best and the accolades continue for Franklin College faculty and students. Among the many honors, inductions and elections:

Janet Westpheling, professor of genetics in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, is president-electof the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. SIMB is a nonprofit, international association dedicated to the advancement of microbiological sciences, especially as they apply to industrial products, biotechnology, materials and processes. Founded in 1949, SIMB promotes the exchange of scientific...

Undergraduates present research at CURO Symposium

Posted 1 month 1 week ago
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Presentations on the best of UGA undergraduate research are underway at the annual CURO Symposium, held this year on April 9-10 at the Classic Center in downtown Athens:

Hosted by CURO, the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities, this year’s symposium is the largest to date, with more than 575 participants. These undergraduates are pursuing 103 different majors from 14 UGA schools and colleges. Collectively, they are conducting research with 330 faculty members from 78 departments.

At the two-day event, students will present at oral and poster sessions on topics as...

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