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.Read More
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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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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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.Read More
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.Read More
Lab suppliers interested in learning about the laboratory sales market in Georgia may be interested to know that the University of Georgia, Athens recently received $2.9 million in life science research funding from the NIH this year for researchers to study stem cell and induced pluripotent stem cells. According to the NIH RePORTER, the project leader is Dr. Michael Pierce. The project abstract provides more information about what the life science funding will be spent studying:
Science researchers at the University of Georgia, the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta and the Georgia Regents University have discovered a direct relationship between Alzheimer’s disease symptoms and two specific antibodies. The discovery may lead to a much-anticipated diagnostic blood test for the disease. The research team published their findings in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences and found that as two specific proteins’ concentration increases, dementia also increases.
The Department of Energy recently gave the University of Georgia, Athens a $3 million grant to conduct bioenergy research. The government has pledged $25 million over the next five years to researchers trying to make biofuel more economically efficient. At $3 million, the University of Georgia, Athens is receiving more than any other university.
The board of directors at the Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) held a board meeting in March at which they approved $292,500 in research funding for the 2013-2014 research budget year. According to Southeast Farm Press, the projects approved have been submitted primarily from the University of Georgia and the USDA Agricultural Research Service. Peanut growers in Georgia spend $2 per ton of peanuts annually towards GPC research, promotion and education. Research makes up 22 percent of the commission’s available funding.