New research: origins of satellite thymus glands

Posted 4 years 5 months ago

Lots of great news out of the department of genetics, and now we add to it an interesting new study:

researchers at the University of Georgia have published findings in Nature Communications that reveal where these extra glands come from and help explain what roles the extra thymuses may play in the complex network of the body's natural defense systems.

"This was a really important question for me as a developmental biologist studying the thymus," said Nancy Manley, professor of genetics in UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and principal investigator for the project...

Newly sequenced genome addresses Darwin's 'abominable mystery'

Posted 4 years 6 months ago
Amborella flower

The origin and early evolution of flowering plants, based at least in part on his frustration with the fossil record of the time, was a particularly puzzling subject for Charles Darwin. His correspondence between 1875 and 1881 reveals that he was deeply bothered by the apparent origins and rate of diversification of flowering plants in the mid-Cretaceous.

A newly sequenced genome of the Amborella trichopoda plant addresses Darwin's mystery and sheds new light on the origin of flowering plants:

A paper by the Amborella Genome Sequencing Project, published Dec. 20 in the...

First McClintock Prize

Posted 4 years 6 months ago
Barbara_McClintock with microscope

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 7 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 10 months ago
GasterosteusAculeatus fish head


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,...