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Researchers model cues guiding cell behavior

Posted 13 hours 32 min ago
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A diverse set of physical and chemical cues act upon individual cells to ensure coordinated multicellular behavior. Using the bacterium Myxococcus xanthus, a team led by University of Georgia and Rice University researchers has devised a data-driven model of the mechanisms that guide elaborate self-organization at the cellular level.

The research, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provides a blueprint for future studies of more complex systems of collective cell movement.

The paper uses mathematical modeling to reconstruct the...

First sunflower genome sequence

Posted 1 day 13 hours ago
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They follow the sun's path throughout the day - hence their name in the Romance languages - and this news about the sunflower genome turns our attention to a new paper in Nature:

[UGA] researchers are part of an international team that has published the first sunflower genome sequence. This new resource will assist future research programs using genetic tools to improve crop resilience and oil production.

They published their findings today in the journal Nature.

Known for its beauty and also as an important source of food, the sunflower is a global oil crop that shows...

Researchers publish breakthrough in reversing leukemia

Posted 1 week 1 day 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...

Study Abroad 2017

Posted 2 weeks 8 hours ago
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From Britain to Beijing, from Rome to the Great Barrier Reef, UGA students are or will soon be setting off for study abroad programs around the globe in every imaginable discipline:

The overall aim of the [UGA Maymester in Morocco] course is to introduce students to an in-depth and first-hand understanding of Islam and Islamic culture in Morocco, in particular to Sufism (which is currently undergoing a revival in Morocco), Moroccan Islamic music, and Moroccan architectural art. In addition, through travel students will gain first-hand experience with both urban and rural geography:...

Strand elected to National Academy of Sciences

Posted 2 weeks 2 days ago
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University of Georgia Regents' Professor Michael R. Strand has received one of the highest honors a scientist can receive-election to the National Academy of Sciences:

Strand, who holds an appointment in the entomology department of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and an affiliated appointment in the genetics department of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, is UGA's eighth member of the National Academies, which include the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Medicine.

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Strand's primary...

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