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Posted on 2014-03-24 03:32.
Research in the Gaucher group provides evolutionary insights into why humans develop gout. By inferring and resurrecting ancient sequences for an enzyme called uricase, the group was able to determine when and why the enzyme stop functioning in apes (including humans) while remaining functional in most other mammals. See the following link for an insightful article written by National Geographic:
Posted on 2014-03-11 07:43.

Jeff Skolnick awarded for fostering excellence in scientific research

Posted on 2014-02-24 08:37.

If a driver is traveling to New York City, I-95 might be their route of choice. But they could also take I-78, I-87 or any number of alternate routes. Most cancers begin similarly, with many possible routes to the same disease. A new study found evidence that assessing the route to cancer on a case-by-case basis might make more sense than basing a patient’s cancer treatment on commonly disrupted genes and pathways. 

Posted on 2014-02-19 04:50.

Exploiting the use of DNA single- and double-strand breaking forms of the I-SceI endonuclease to stimulate homologous recombination and gene targeting in budding yeast and in human cells, the research of Samantha S. Katz in Francesca Storici’ lab provides new mechanistic insights into the process of nick-induced DNA recombination and on the function of nicking enzymes in genetic engineering.

Posted on 2014-02-07 02:43.

Taking a DNA molecule into the vicinity of a homologous target gene by a DNA aptamer provides a many-fold enhancement of gene correction frequency at that genetic locus. Aptamer-guided gene targeting, or AGT, is a novel approach for genetic engineering developed by Patrick Ruff in Francesca Storici’s group.

Posted on 2014-01-08 12:46.

Competition may have a high cost for at least one species of tropical seaweed. Researchers examining the chemical warfare taking place on Fijian coral reefs have found that one species of seaweed increases its production of noxious anti-coral compounds when placed into contact with reef-building corals, but at the same time becomes more attractive to herbivorous fish.

Posted on 2013-12-17 04:05.

Natalie Saini receives top Suddath Symposium graduate student award

Posted on 2013-12-13 11:33.

Georgia Tech faculty continue to be recognized as among the most respected in their field. Last month, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) named four — in biology, computing and engineering — to its 2013 class of fellows

Posted on 2013-12-09 10:28.

John McDonald, professor in the School of Biology and director of the Integrated Cancer Research Center, has also spent many years as the chief scientific officer for Georgia Tech’s Ovarian Cancer Institute.

Posted on 2013-11-07 13:26.

Funding for research is a highly competitive endeavor under the best of circumstances. For Georgia Tech doctoral student Troy Alexander, a new avenue for funding has opened for his  latest project that seeks to accelerate the discovery of new medicines for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases by studying Fijian red algae.