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  • NHGRI convenes workshop on the future of genome sequencing program July 18, 2014
    On July 28-29, genome researchers, clinicians, computational biologists and others will meet to consider the possible size, scope and future opportunities for the National Human Genome Research Institute's (NHGRI) Genome Sequencing Program (GSP). Future Opportunities for Genome Sequencing and Beyond: A Planning Workshop for the National Human Genome Res […]
  • Report for Human Microbiome Science: Vision for the Future is now available July 16, 2014
    Nearly 250 experts were convened last July for the Human Microbiome Science: Vision for the Future conference in Bethesda, Md., where scientists discussed current advances, challenges and opportunities for human microbiome research at the National Institutes of Health. A report of the meeting is now available in the journal Microbiome.
  • Recent Advances in the Epidemiology and Genetics of Bipolar Disorder July 11, 2014
    On June 20, Kathleen Merikangas, Ph.D., chief of the Genetic Epidemiology Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), presented Recent Advances in the Epidemiology and Genetics of Bipolar Disorder. This final lecture in the Genomics in Medicine lecture series summarized the environmental and genetic risk factors for mood disorders, and presente […]

  • WIFIRE helps firefighters get a jump on wildfires July 28, 2014
    New cyberinfrastructure system monitors and forecasts where wildfires are headed Full story at http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/wifire.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_51This is an NSF News item.
  • Quenching the world's water and energy crises, one tiny droplet at a time July 24, 2014
    In the Namib Desert of Africa, the fog-filled morning wind carries the drinking water for a beetle called the Stenocara.Tiny droplets collect on the beetle's bumpy back. The areas between the bumps are covered in a waxy substance that makes them water-repellant, or hydrophobic (water-fearing). Water accumulates on the water-loving, or hydrophilic, bumps […]
  • Transforming waste in order to transform people's lives July 23, 2014
    When Elisa Teipel, and her collaborators began their research several years ago, their goal was to take an agricultural waste product of little value--in this case, fibers extracted from coconut husks--and turn it into an environmentally-friendly, valuable commodity. Equally important, Teipel, along with colleagues Ryan Vano, husband Blake Teipel, and Matt K […]