|Biotechnology in Georgia
Biotechnology, the science of adapting biological systems or organisms for specific purposes, has altered Georgia's agricultural
and scientific landscapes in myriad ways. Research in biotechnology occurs at institutions across Georgia in the diverse fields
of medicine, agriculture, and environmental policy.
Medical researchers at Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, both in Atlanta, and at the Georgia
Health Sciences University in Augusta explore the genetic underpinnings of such human ailments as Alzheimer's disease, cancer,
diabetes, and Down syndrome to discover new methods of diagnosis and treatment. Meanwhile, farmers in the state are able to
plant new strains of crops that resist herbicides, insects, and disease, thereby improving the quality and yield of their
harvests. Many of these strains were developed at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin and the Coastal Plain Experiment
Station in Tifton. And in a process known as phytoremediation, which is studied extensively at the University of Georgia in
Athens, trees and plants are modified to remove dangerous toxins from water and soil at contaminated environmental sites in
These and other practical applications of biotechnology have a significant impact on the economy of the state and the well-being
of its citizens.
Genetics in Georgia
The recent sequencing of the human genome has accelerated scientific discoveries in genetics related...
Genetics of Peanuts
As the nation's top producer of peanuts, Georgia is closely associated with the crop both economically...
Genetics of Tobacco
Tobacco, once a historically significant crop in Georgia, is a relatively minor agricultural commodity...
Emory University School of Medicine
Located in Atlanta, Emory University School of Medicine ranks among the nation's finest institutions...
Georgia Experiment Station, Griffin
Since 1888 the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin has played an important role in the development...
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated...
Until the beginning of the twentieth century, the American chestnut (Castanea dentata [Marshall] Borkh)...
Environmental policy is the result of a multitude of actions taken by many institutions and individuals...
The genetic engineering of plants and animals influences the daily lives of Georgians, many of whom consume...
Genetics of Cotton
Cotton was ranked second in Georgia's top ten agricultural commodities for 2007, in terms of farm gate...
Many types of soil and water pollutants that pose a serious risk to human and environmental health can...
Coastal Plain Experiment Station, Tifton
The Coastal Plain Experiment Station, located in Tifton, is south Georgia's agricultural and environmental...
Cancer is a significant health problem in Georgia. In the twenty-first century there will be an estimated...
Yerkes National Primate Research Center
The Yerkes National Primate Research Center is one of eight U.S. national research centers sponsored...
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with headquarters in Atlanta, has been a key factor...
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