Complementary Mutations: A Rollercoaster of Scientific Discovery
NC State researchers discover a new genetic mutation that could “fix” another mutation in the same gene, an enzyme involved in making a plant growth hormone — after a rollercoaster of ups and downs.
Researchers Gain Insight Into Chromosome Evolution in Flies
By identifying a gene indispensable for males’ survival in a devastating livestock pest, North Carolina State University researchers have shed new light on the evolution of fly chromosomes.
Scientists Unravel Mysteries of DNA Replication in Corn
For the first time, scientists have characterized the DNA replication timing process for an entire plant genome.
“Greater Good” Award to Boost Sweet Potato Research
A plan to shed more light on the complicated genetics of the sweet potato has garnered two NC State University scientists an Agricultural Greater Good Initiative Award from the genomics company Illumina.
April Wynn chosen for Preparing the Professoriate program
As a CALS doctoral candidate in genetics and one of the newest fellows of N.C. State University’s Preparing the Professoriate program, April Wynn is a giant step closer to living her dream.
Solving molecular mysteries
Over the years he’s spent studying cassava mosaic disease, Tanzanian scientist Dr. Joseph Ndunguru has noted something curious: Wherever there are DNA molecules called satellites associated with the geminiviruses contributing to the disease, symptoms are greater and losses are heavier – even in plants bred specifically to resist the disease. Figuring out more about those subviral particles could be key, Ndunguru believes, to developing a strategy to beat the disease for good. That’s why he has teamed with CALS’ Dr. Linda Hanley-Bowdoin on a project designed to yield the scientific insight necessary to do just that.
Mackay wins North Carolina award
Dr. Trudy Mackay is among a group of distinguished North Carolinians who will receive the North Carolina Award, the highest civilian honor the state bestows, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the N. C. Museum of History.
Fly aggression involves complicated gene networks
Fruit fly aggression is correlated with smaller brain parts, involves complex interactions between networks of important genes, and often cannot be controlled with mood-altering drugs like lithium. Those are the results of a painstaking study conducted by researchers at N.C. State University and colleagues in Belgium.
David Higgins: Figuring out flower development
This CALS senior and recipient of a national undergraduate research fellowship isn't content to leave scientific questions unanswered. With plant geneticist Dr. Bob Franks, he's been studying how flowers develop.
N.C. State researchers to study genetics of heat tolerance in poultry
Poultry science researchers at N.C. State University and two other institutions are hoping to learn more about the genetic traits and responses that could help poultry better cope with heat stress. Such knowledge will help poultry producers around the world plan for rising temperatures from global climate change.