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Kawahara and team create “Tree of Lepidoptera”

In the first study of its kind, a team of University of Florida scientists used large-scale, next generation DNA sequencing to trace nearly 3,000 genes to the earliest common ancestor of butterflies and moths. Led by UF Genetics institute member and assistant curator of...
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PALB2 gene mutation linked to increased risk of breast cancer

Scientists exploring gene mutations and relationships with breast cancer have discovered a mutation that can cause the risk of breast cancer to increase as much as nine times. A team of researchers, including University of Florida Genetics Institute director Patrick Concannon,...
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UFGI members named top global researchers in Type 1 diabetes

Two University of Florida Genetics Institute members, Mark Atkinson, PhD, and Desmond Schatz, MD, have been named in the top 10 global Type 1 diabetes researchers by online database Expertscape, a health care information website that allows patients to search for professionals by...
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Dormant herpes virus reactivates with infections

Unlike most viruses, which succumb to the immune system’s attack, herpes remains in the body forever, lying in wait, sometimes reactivating years later. Researchers have long wondered what causes herpes viruses — two strains of which are linked to cancer — to reactivate after...
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Findings could help put halt to potato blight

University of Florida Genetics Institute member and Plant Pathology assistant professor, Erica Goss, has pinpointed the origin of the pathogen that caused the 1840s Irish Potato Famine, a finding that may help potato and tomato growers around the world. Called “late blight,” the...
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Comb Jelly genome solved and new neural pathways uncovered

Leonid Moroz and his team have decoded the genomes for 10 comb jelly species, revealing the jellies’ distinct neurogenic, immune and developmental genes are unlike other animal genomes and developed independently. Their research has been published on May 21 in the journal Nature....
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Arun Srivastava, PhD

Genetics Institute faculty member, Arun Srivastava, PhD, spent the past three decades researching two parvoviruses: the non-pathogenic adeno-associated virus (AAV), and the parvovirus B19, a common human pathogen. His contributions to the field of parvoviruses include:...
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Gout treatment may solve citrus greening

As citrus greening disease threatens Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry, University of Florida Genetic Institute members Claudio Gonzalez and Graciela Lorca may have identified the biochemical treatment growers are desperate to find. Gonzalez and Lorca led a research team from...
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Wilfred Vermerris, PhD

University of Florida department of Microbiology and Cell Science associate professor Wilfred Vermerris, PhD, is a resident member of the UF Genetics Institute in the CGRC and is graduate faculty and former Director of the Genetics & Genomics graduate program. Dr. Vermerris...
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Six Genetics Institute faculty awarded UF Research Foundation Professorships

The Genetics Institute is proud to congratulate six faculty members who received the distinguished University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF) Professorship. The three-year UFRF Professorships are awarded to tenured full-time associate and full professors. Selection is based...
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