Established in 2003, the UC Davis Genome Center uses state-of-art-technologies to understand how the heritable genetic information of diverse organisms function in health and disease. The combination of cutting-edge research facilities, diverse service cores, and talented staff make the Genome Center a world class facility for genomics research and training.
Research that makes a difference
A sample of questions being addressed by the UC Davis Genome Center faculty and their collaborators:
- How do variations in the human genome affect the risks of diseases such as cancer, coronary artery disease, and autism?
- Do infection, diet, or stress serve as environmental triggers of Type 1 diabetes?
- What novel, useful organisms will be discovered by sequencing microbes from extreme environments?
- Can characterization of the small chemicals in algae lead to new biofuels?
- How can we control diseases of important food crops?
- How can plants be modified to increase their productivity and quality?
- What changes can we make to proteins to enhance their performance?
- Can we model and predict life’s basic processes?
- How can we glean useful information from vast datasets?
Here are just some of the recent highlights involving people and projects at the Genome Center Please see the news page for a full list of all news items.
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.
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...
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...
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
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...