• Charting a course for genomic sequencing in patient care November 24, 2015
    In the nearly four years since its launch, the Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research (CSER) program has made significant strides in defining the role of genomics in medicine. CSER is nearing the end of its first round of research awards. To help identify the direction of a potential follow-up program, CSER investigators and colleagues recently met in Beth […]
  • New study finds genomic risk factors for juvenile arthritis November 23, 2015
    Systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA) is a potentially life-threatening childhood disease, characterized by persistent joint swelling, pain and stiffness. Now, NHGRI Scientific Director Daniel Kastner, M.D., Ph.D., and his fellow investigators and colleagues have identified genomic variants that confer at least a two-fold increased risk of sJIA, sugg […]
  • This Thanksgiving, join NHGRI in celebrating Family Health History Day! November 16, 2015
    Since 2004, the U.S. Surgeon General has recognized Thanksgiving as National Family Health History Day. This year, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), along with Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., encourages families to personalize their healthcare by sharing their family health history, and tracking illnesses from […]

  • Starving the beast November 24, 2015
    As any good Star Trek fan knows, Mr. Spock was a "green-blooded Vulcan" because his hemoglobin was copper-based, unlike our iron-based human cells. But even humans have a little bit of copper in their blood. Now, a new paper based on research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) explores the role copper can play in feeding -- or starving […]
  • Climate can grind down mountains faster than they can rebuild November 23, 2015
    For the first time, researchers have attempted to measure all the material leaving and entering a mountain range over the course of more than a million years. They've discovered that erosion caused by glaciation during ice ages can, in the right circumstances, wear down mountains faster than plate tectonics can build them. The study, conducted by Integr […]
  • Big Data to individualize management of chronic diseases November 23, 2015
    Groundbreaking effort for health care to help doctors diagnose and treat chronic diseases more quickly and accurately Full story at is an NSF News item.