The goal of the UF Genetics Institute is to harness the vast array of talent at the University of Florida to make exciting new discoveries, transfer technology to the marketplace and improve quality of life.
For the first time in history, the blueprints that determine how we look, how we metabolize food or fight infections, at times even how we behave — are coming into focus.
Scientists have painstakingly cataloged approximately 25,000 genes that contain the hereditary information for the whole human race — otherwise known as the human genome.
Most common human diseases, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes, have a genetic component. Defining the functions of individual genes and elucidating their complex interactions is essential to unlock their role in health and disease.
What’s more, the genomes of dozens of other important species, from mice to rice, have been sequenced, giving scientists vast lists of genes, but comparatively little knowledge of their functions.
The information these studies will yield is crucial. The genetic engineering of plant species, for example, is vital to meet the nutritional and environmental needs of a growing population.
Across the vast landscape of biology, UF Genetics Institute scientists will discover how genes interact and express themselves, and use this knowledge to improve living conditions for all.