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Title: Genetic Diversity Research at Cornell The New Life Sciences initiative has amplified the impact that Cornell makes with its
 

Summary: Title: Genetic Diversity Research at Cornell
The New Life Sciences initiative has amplified the impact that Cornell makes with its
genetics and genomics research. In particular, studies of genetic diversity and its
conservation importance have broadened at Cornell with recent faculty hires. However,
research on aspects of genetic diversity at Cornell is spread out across at least ten
departments and three colleges, suggesting that its full impact may not be realized until
potential synergies are explored and realized. In particular, five focal areas on campus
have little integration and yet could benefit from a joint initiative:
1) Crop diversity, origins, and genetic improvement
2) Genetic diversity and health of wild species of conservation concern
3) The community ecological impacts of genetic diversity
4) Metagenomics; the genetic exploration of microbial diversity and function
5) Management and policy decisions in the context of conservation genetics
We invite Cornell faculty who share these interests to meet, explore common goals, and
discuss ways of capitalizing on recent developments to increase the visibility, impact and
funding of genetic diversity research on campus. For example, conservation genetics is
clearly within the mission of two recently formed centers, CCSF and the Center for
Comparative and Population Genomics, and is central to the mission of the Institute for
Genomic Diversity. These initiatives and the complementary strengths of Cornell faculty
provide opportunities to collaboratively advance genetic diversity research and training at

  

Source: Angenent, Lars T. - Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

 

Collections: Renewable Energy; Engineering