Science Market Update

$2.27M Research Grant to University of Georgia, Athens to Study Gene Editing

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Wed, Feb 15, 2017

The National Institute of Health (NIH) awarded the University of Georgia a $2.27 Million grant to study a powerful gene editing tool known as CRISPR-Cas. In nature, CRISPR-Cas is a defense mechanism that single-celled organisms such as bacteria use to ward off attacks from viruses and other invaders. For scientists the CISPR-Cas9 system holds a potential tool to edit precise sequences of DNA and silence the genes that predispose some people to diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders and mental illness.

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UGA Research: $1.3M Grant to Discover How Aberrant RNA Causes Disease

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Mon, Nov 28, 2016

The University of Georgia, Athens has been awarded a four-year $1.3 million research grant from the National Institute of Health to create a method of analyzing the large amount of biological data generated by current biotechnology. The funding will be used to develop better statistical tools for crunching big data numbers in order to clarify the causes of several serious illnesses including cancer and heart disease. 

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Athens Scientist Granted $2.1M for Vitamin Research

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Dec 28, 2015

The vitamin B-12, which is vital to human nutrition, is a very complex coenzyme that is produced by many microorganisms. Along with having an impact on the development of the human nervous system and preventing certain diseases, B-12 is also needed by human pathogens, like salmonella, for intestinal infections.

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$3.24 Million Awarded to UGA for Life Science Graduate Programs

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Nov 02, 2015

The University of Georgia, Athens has a multitude of life science programs and centers that train both undergraduate and graduate students to become the world-class scientists. Some of these training programs include:

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Tags: University of Georgia Athens, Southern, UGA, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Athens, GA, new funding, 2016, Emerging disease, Disease ecology, Tropical disease

Georgia Research Incites High-Performance Biofuel Solutions

Posted by David Larsen on Fri, Feb 13, 2015


Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biopower

UGA's bioenergy researchers are helping transform the nation's renewable and abundant biomass resources into cost-competitive, high-performance biofuels, bioproducts and biopower that are needed to meet growing energy needs. Almost 30 biobased technologies have been developed at UGA, with many licensed to the marketplace: genetically modified plants for the production of biofuels and biochemicals, methods for quantitative analysis of biomass, genetically engineered microorganisms for the production of a variety of chemicals from plants, and a process to turn woody waste biomass into a liquid fuel.

(photo courtesy of Steve Jurvetson via wikipedia commons)

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Breakthroughs in Type 1 Diabetes at Emory University

Posted by David Larsen on Wed, Feb 11, 2015

When the level of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, rises after a meal, the pancreas responds by releasing insulin into the bloodstream. Insulin helps cells throughout the body absorb glucose from the bloodstream and use it for energy.

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UGA and Emory Receiving $45 Million for Collaborative Research Projects

Posted by Laura Braden on Wed, Jan 28, 2015

The University of Georgia in Athens and Emory University in Atlanta are two powerhouse research institutions, both receiving millions of dollars in annual funding to support research projects. Not only are researchers at these 2 universities hard at work on their own projects, but researchers from both institutions are also hard at work on collaborative projects between the schools. 

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UGA $98M Veterinary Medical Learning Center Preparing to Open in 2015

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Jan 26, 2015

In March 2013, construction crews at the University of Georgia, Athens began working on the university's new Veterinary Medical Learning Center. Now, almost 2 years later, the facility is in the final stages of construction and is preparing to open in March 2015. 

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UGA Awarded $18.8 Million in Funding to Study Impacts of Oil Spill on Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Nov 24, 2014

In 2010, the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico blew-out, leading to the largest off-shore oil spill in the United States, known as the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, or the BP Oil Spill. 4.9 million barrels of oil are estimated to have gushed into the Gulf waters during this time, causing an immense impact on the ecosystem in the Gulf. Now, 4 years after the spill, the Gulf of Mexico is still greatly impacted and affected by the oil left in the water. Researchers at the University of Georgia, Athens recently received $18.8 million to continue their study of the impacts of this oil spill on the ecosystem. 

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New Complex Carbohydrate Training Program at UGA

Posted by Laura Braden on Fri, Oct 17, 2014

Glycans, also known as complex carbohydrates, are essential macromolecules involved in nearly all phsyiological and pathological processes. They cover every living cell in the human body and perform a wide variety of tasks including cellular communication, growth, the spread of many diseases, and are necessary for the organisim's survival. However, there are still many glycans with unknown functions due to a lack of research. With the help of a recently awarded grant from the National Institutes of Health to the University of Georgia Athens, there will soon be more research into the roles of complex carbohydrates.

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