• NIH creates Atlas of Human Malformation Syndromes in Diverse Populations April 29, 2016
    NHGRI researchers have collaborated with physicians and medical geneticists around the world to create the first Atlas of Human Malformation Syndromes in Diverse Populations. Health care providers can use the new atlas to diagnose diverse patients with inherited diseases by comparing physical traits (called phenotypes) and written descriptions of their sympt […]
  • Dr. Eric Spana presents Harry Potter and the Genetics of Wizarding April 28, 2016
    For NHGRI's National DNA Day on April 25, Eric P. Spana, Ph.D. from Duke University presented Harry Potter and the Genetics of Wizarding, the inaugural event for the National DNA Day speaker series. The lecture is now available on NHGRI's YouTube channel, GenomeTV. Dr. Spana is an award-winning instructor in biology who helps students place new inf […]
  • ClinGen develops new method for evaluating genomic variation and its role in disease prevention April 28, 2016
    A major question associated with using genomic medicine in practice is: How should doctors treat patients with disease-associated differences in their genetic code? NHGRI's Clinical Genome Resource (ClinGen), co-funded by NCI, has developed a score-based method to evaluate genomic variants that call for increased clinical focus. The guide will help clin […]

  • Islet transplantation restores blood sugar control in type 1 diabetes April 26, 2016
    Pancreatic islet cell transplantation successfully treated people with difficult cases of type 1 diabetes, although there were side effects. Researchers continue to pursue the approach.
  • Finding factors that protect against flu April 26, 2016
    A trial examining the body’s response to seasonal flu suggests new approaches for evaluating vaccines. The findings could lead to more effective diagnostic tests and vaccines.
  • New color vision pathway unveiled April 26, 2016
    Researchers discovered how dim-light detecting cells are used for color vision in mice. The findings might explain aspects of color processing in the human eye and brain.

  • Researchers find that Earth may be home to 1 trillion species May 2, 2016
    Earth could contain nearly 1 trillion species, with only one-thousandth of 1 percent now identified, according to the results of a new study. The estimate, based on universal scaling laws applied to large datasets, appears today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The report's authors are Jay Lennon and Kenneth Locey of India […]
  • Higher education is more than a private good May 2, 2016
    The National Science Board (NSB, Board) today released a new policy brief on the public and private benefits of the nation's higher education institutions. The brief comes at a time when the private costs and private returns associated with higher education are a topic of frequent policy discussions. The NSB brief joins other recent reports, including t […]
  • What lies beneath West Antarctica? April 28, 2016
    Three recent publications by early career researchers at three different institutions across the country provide the first look into the biogeochemistry, geophysics and geology of Subglacial Lake Whillans, which lies 800 meters (2,600 feet) beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The findings stem from the Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drillin […]

  • Advances in telemedicine: an interview with Dr Ameet Bakhai May 2, 2016
    Telemedicine is the art of improving patient care via managing data remotely, and in this spirit one of the earliest examples often not considered in this category, would be the permanent pacemaker, first implanted into a human being in 1958.
  • New method may help identify small amounts of nanomaterials in environment samples May 2, 2016
    It is still unclear what the impact is on humans, animals and plants of synthetic nanomaterials released into the environment or used in products. It's very difficult to detect these nanomaterials in the environment since the concentrations are so low and the particles so small. Now the partners in the NanoUmwelt project have developed a method that is […]
  • NEI to discuss research advances in regenerative medicine for eye disease at ARVO 2016 May 2, 2016
    The National Eye Institute (NEI), part of NIH, is participating in the Inaugural Press Conference from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting (ARVO 2016), the largest gathering of eye and vision researchers in the world, attracting over 11,000 attendees from more than 75 countries.