This page lists a summary of the ten most recent news stories that concern the UC Davis Genome Center. Click on the title of each news item or on the ‘Read more…’ links that follow to see the full story. A feed with all news stories is also available.

Global Plant Council recognizes GC report on chloroplast-nucleus interaction as one of 2015’s best

January 28, 2016

The Global Plant Council, an NGO representing over 50,000 plant and crop science experts on 5 continents, has recently published their 2015 Plant Science Round Up, selecting a paper by Professor Savithramma P. Dinesh-Kumar of the UC Davis Genome Center as one of the year’s most groundbreaking.

The Dinesh-Kumar lab, in collaboration with ...

GC collaboration with Italian group on artichoke genome bears fruit

January 25, 2016


A team of researchers led by Sergio Lanteri of the University of Torino in Italy and Richard Michelmore of the University of California, Davis, has sequenced the genome of Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus, the globe artichoke, a diploid with 34 chromosomes and a genome size of ... Read more...

Genome Center bioinformatics script finds new life in study of gene silencing in stone fruit

January 19, 2016

Recently, researchers from Kyoto and Iwate Universities in Japan published a report of successful induction of virus-induced gene silencing in trees of seven Prunus species: almond, Armenian and Japanese apricot, cherry, peach, and European and Japanese plum. In this technique, a modified version of a plant’s own gene is expressed as part of a recombinant ... Read more...

Genome Center metabolomics lab combines new, old technologies for red wine comparison

January 11, 2016

By now, there is a broad consensus that moderate consumption of red wine offers numerous health benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart disease. However, other studies indicate that red wine has no effect, is no more beneficial than grape juice, or that other types of alcohol are equally heart healthy. A ... Read more...

Genome Center cancer lab and international collaborators clarify the importance of a rare genetic variant in thyroid cancer

January 1, 2016

First author Dr. Ruta Sahasrabudhe and last author Assistant Professor Luis Carvajal-Carmona, along with colleagues from Colombia and England, have published a study showing no connection between a mutant version of a gene involved in blood clotting and familial non-medullary thyroid cancer (NMTC), in refutation of an earlier study published in the New England ... Read more...

Your dog’s drool may contain more vitamin B12 than your own, says Genome Center microbiologist

December 8, 2015

Those of us who spend time with dogs may have noticed that their breath has a unique aroma, a trait which is thought to be related to the different bacteria that live between their jaws. A team including the Genome Center’s Jonathan Eisen has recently uncovered novel metabolic adaptations developed by a bacteria, Porphyromonas ... Read more...

Time-lapse video of sunrise over GBSF building

November 22, 2015

Recorded by Keith Bradnam, October 2014.


Davis researchers characterize gut consortia in young pigs with support from GC sequencing core

November 20, 2015

Recent advances in sequencing technology have enabled the identification of microbial species in the gut with great accuracy. Many of these studies have been conducted in mouse, but now researchers from the Department of Animal Science and the Department of Food Science and Technology have cast their analytic gaze into the intestines of young pigs, ... Read more...

Social Media Success: 4 of the top 100 life-sciences influencers on twitter work are Genome Center members

November 5, 2015


Avacta Life Sciences have compiled a leaderboard of the Top 100 Twitter Influencers Working in the Life Sciences. In the first published version of this list, it is noticeable that UC Davis is represented by 7 scientists, several of whom are members of the Genome Center, ... Read more...

Genome Center researchers discover that hungry algae make different oils

November 2, 2015

In a paper published 15 Sep in PLOS ONE, Metabolomics Core director Professor Oliver Fiehn and colleagues describe how the single-celled algae Chlamydymonas reinhardtii modifies its lipid output in response to nutrient starvation.

C. reinhardtii, a model organism for the production of algal biofuels, is known to make more oil when subjected to abiotic stress. ... Read more...




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