• A Quarter Century after the Human Genome Project's Launch presents: Dr. David Bentley May 23, 2016
    On Thursday, May 26th, the NHGRI History of Genomics Program completed its six-part seminar series featuring scientists who helped launch the Human Genome Project. David Bentley, D.Phil., Illumina's vice president and chief scientist of DNA sequencing, was the featured speaker. Dr. Bentley was a driving force behind the Sanger Centre's immense cont […]
  • Perspective: Precision medicine may move us beyond the use of race in prescribing drugs May 23, 2016
    Health care providers have long struggled with considering race when prescribing and dosing medications. In a May 26 New England Journal of Medicine perspective, Vence L. Bonham, J.D., an investigator with NHGRI's Social and Behavioral Research Branch, and his colleagues, are asking if the precision medicine approach will reduce or eliminate the role th […]
  • Mouse models of Zika in pregnancy show how fetuses become infected May 13, 2016
    A new mouse model of Zika virus infection in pregnancy is offering clues about how the virus works. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis showed that the virus migrated from the pregnant mouse's bloodstream into the placenta, eventually infecting, and causing cell death, in the brains of the unborn pups. Using this mouse m […]

  • NSB elects new leadership May 25, 2016
    For the first time in National Science Foundation (NSF) history, women hold the positions of director and National Science Board (NSB) chair, and vice chair. During its May meeting, the board, which serves as the governing body for NSF, elected Maria Zuber, vice president for research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as chair and Diane Souvaine, […]
  • In support of the Federal Big Data Research and Development Strategic Plan May 24, 2016
    "NSF has been a leader in supporting fundamental research and development in data analysis methods, techniques and tools that enhance the benefits brought to us by the data and information revolution," said France Córdova, NSF director. "The Federal Big Data Research and Development Strategic Plan lays out opportunities for further collaborati […]
  • Scientific visualizations heat up new documentary that helps explain sun’s strange phenomena May 24, 2016
    The National Science Foundation (NSF), the supercomputer company Cray Inc., and Sens. Bill Nelson of Florida and Gary Peters of Michigan invite members of the media to attend a special screening of the documentary "Solar Superstorms" May 25 at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. High-velocity jets, fiery tsunamis that reach up to […]