genetics

Tracing the Roots: Mapping a Vegetable Family Tree for Better Food

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 3:07pm -- yountj
Hong An

In the new study, a team of multi-institution scientists led by Hong An at the University of Missouri challenged prior theories of the origins of three vegetables — canola, rutabaga and Siberian kale — by mapping the genetic family tree of these leafy greens.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Human genetic testing has evolved over the recent decades, allowing people to find their ancestors and even determine specific percentages of their heritage. Much like the advances in human genetic testing recently popularized by commercial organizations have allowed people to gain a better understanding of their ancestry, scientists are now a step closer to determining a genetic family tree for vegetables by linking biology with computer science.

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biological sciences
genetics
leafy greens

MU’s James Birchler Will Receive Prestigious Barbara McClintock Prize in 2020

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 9:25am -- yountj
Curators’ Distinguished Professor James Birchler

James Birchler is a Curators’ Distinguished Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences.

The Maize Genetics Executive Committee has announced that University of Missouri Professor James Birchler will receive the 2020 Barbara McClintock Prize for Plant Genetics and Genome Studies.

The announcement was made in St. Louis, MO, on March 15 during the 61st annual Maize Genetics Conference.

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genetics
plant biology

Harvesting an Interest in Genetics

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 1:31pm -- yountj
Ben Julius

Graduate student Ben Julius harvests corn as part of his research to uncover genes that control sugar transport in plants.

For corn geneticists like Ben Julius, fall means one thing: harvest time. Although the hard, dry ears of corn that Julius picks are not meant for consumption, he hopes one of these ears holds the secret to the mouthwatering sweet corn Missourians look forward to each summer.

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biological sciences
genetics
corn

Nature vs. Nurture

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:02am -- yountj
Associate Professor of Philosophy Phillip Robbins

Associate Professor of Philosophy Phillip Robbins has been working in the area of experimental philosophy, which employs the tools of empirical social science to investigate how ordinary people, with no special training in philosophy, think about philosophical issues.

Anyone who has seen an episode of Law & Order knows that if the defense attorney can successfully portray his client as a victim, jurors may be less inclined to assign blame to the defendant or may reduce the severity of the defendant’s punishment. Research confirms this is more than just a television trope—casting the perpetrator of a transgression as a victim tends to make them seem less blameworthy.

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philosophy
psychology
law
genetics
crime and punishment

J. Chris Pires Celebrated for Research Contributions

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 2:10pm -- yountj
Pires award

J. Chris Pires, a professor in the Division of Biological Sciences, was selected for the 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity.

The award is given once a year to a professor who has made outstanding contributions in research and has great promise for achieving wider recognition. It is one of the highest research honors bestowed by the MU campus.

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evolution
plant biology
genetics
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