Navigation Links
Iowa State professor's genome research published in the latest issue of Science

AMES, Iowa Martin H. Spalding, professor and chair of the department of genetics, development and cell biology at Iowa State, is part of an international research team whose work will be published in the Oct. 12 issue of the journal Science.

The researchers sequenced and annotated the genome of the green algae chlamydomonas, a single-celled alga that has traits from both animals and plants.

There may be lots of uses that come out of this, including basic bio-medical research, agricultural research, understanding certain diseases, learning more about photosynthesis, photosynthetic hydrogen production and many other areas, said Spalding.

Sequencing and annotating the genome took more than four years. Spaldings part of the research focused on his specialty, metabolism.

The chlamydomonas organism was chosen to be sequenced for several reasons.

It is a bridging species connecting back to when plants and animals began their evolutionary separation, so it contains traits of both. It produces chlorophyll and also flagella to help it move.

Another reason the alga was sequenced is that it is both a simple organism and a classic genetic model organism.

It is such a simple system with a single-cell and straight-forward genetics, said Spalding. The project entailed sequencing the organisms 120 million nucleotides, as well as decoding the nucleotide sequence to identify the approximately 15,000 proteins coded by the genome.

Spalding hopes that further positive research will result from this work.

It will be available for anyone to access, said Spalding, and there may be lots of uses that we dont know yet.


Contact: Martin Spalding
Iowa State University

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Mitochondrial DNA mutations play significant role in prostate cancer
2. Weizmann Institute scientists develop a new approach for directing treatment to metastasized prostate cancer in the bones.
3. First-ever Compounds To Target Only Metastatic Cells Are Highly Effective Against Breast, Prostate, And Colon Cancers
4. NC State scientist finds soft tissue in T. rex bones
5. Estrogen-like Component of Plastic Stimulates Growth of Certain Prostate Cancer Cells
6. Test for early detection of prostate cancer shows promise
7. Major new UNC-based drinking water study suggests pregnancy fears may be overstated
8. Disease diagnosis, bioengineering covered at state nano summit
9. U-M researchers identify new blood test for prostate cancer
10. U-M scientists say fused genes trigger the development of prostate cancer
11. K-State professors discover enzyme responsible for creation of a beetles hard shell
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/22/2016)... LOS ANGELES , June 22, 2016 ... of identity management and verification solutions, has ... cutting edge software solutions for Visitor Management, ... ® provides products that add functional ... The partnership provides corporations and venues with ...
(Date:6/16/2016)... , June 16, 2016 ... size is expected to reach USD 1.83 billion ... Grand View Research, Inc. Technological proliferation and increasing ... applications are expected to drive the market growth. ... , The development of advanced multimodal ...
(Date:6/7/2016)... , June 7, 2016  Syngrafii Inc. and ... business relationship that includes integrating Syngrafii,s patented LongPen™ ... project. This collaboration will result in greater convenience ... credit union, while maintaining existing document workflow and ... ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/27/2016)... , June 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - BIOREM Inc. (TSX-V: BRM) ... advised by its major shareholders, Clean Technology Fund I, ... United States based venture capital funds which ... Biorem (on a fully diluted, as converted basis), that ... of their entire equity holdings in Biorem to TUS ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... Parallel 6 , the leading ... the Clinical Reach Virtual Patient Encounter CONSULT module which enables both audio ... and clinical trial team. , Using the CONSULT module, patients and physicians can schedule ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... PHILADELPHIA , June 27, 2016  Liquid ... today announced the funding of a Sponsored Research ... study circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from cancer patients.  ... changes in CTC levels correlate with clinical outcomes ... therapies. These data will then be employed to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 Epic Sciences ... detects cancers susceptible to PARP inhibitors by targeting ... cells (CTCs). The new test has already been ... in multiple cancer types. Over 230 ... damage response pathways, including PARP, ATM, ATR, DNA-PK ...
Breaking Biology Technology: