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  • Advisory Council meets in open session May 14, 2015
    Did you miss the seventy-fourth meeting of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research? See video of the full meeting held May 18, 2015 at Fishers Lane Conference Center. NHGRI Director Eric Green gave his report to council, which was followed by talks on ENCODE, the Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research Consortium, functional genomics and Cli […]
  • Zambian Deputy Minister of Health welcomes members of the H3Africa Consortium May 11, 2015
    Chitalu Chilufya, Zambian Deputy Minister of Health (pictured left), welcomed members of the H3Africa Consortium to the Sixth H3Africa Consortium meeting. Also present at the meeting: NHGRI Director Eric Green, NHGRI staff, Wellcome-Trust staff and members of the H3Africa Consortium.
  • Genomic knowledge is power in the fight against obesity May 7, 2015
    Although many doctors are wary about discussing weight loss with their overweight patients - for fear of alienating the patients or being ignored - two recent research studies from a team led by NHGRI's Susan Persky, Ph.D., suggest that doctor-patient talks about the genomic underpinnings of obesity can pay off.

  • Landscape of Gene Expression in the Human Body May 18, 2015
    Landscape of Gene Expression in the Human BodyA new resource allows scientists to examine how genomic differences affect gene activity in tissues and organs across the body—and how that activity influences susceptibility to diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
  • Controlling Brain Circuits in Mice May 18, 2015
    Controlling Brain Circuits in Mice Researchers developed a tool that can turn specific sets of neurons on and off in mice to affect behavior. The technology can help scientists study mental health and disorders.
  • Gene Therapy for Eye Disease Shows Benefits and Limitations May 18, 2015
    Gene Therapy for Eye Disease Shows Benefits and LimitationsAn experimental therapy for an inherited disorder that causes blindness improves vision, but the improvement declines with time. The findings offer insights for future therapies.

  • Responding to terror (again): A study of the Boston Marathon bombing May 21, 2015
    The city of Boston endured one of the worst terrorist attacks on U.S. soil in April of 2013, when two pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. While emergency workers responded to the chaos and law enforcement agencies began a manhunt for the perpetrators, Americans fixed their attention to television screens, Internet news […]
  • Scientists tackle mystery of thunderstorms that strike at night May 20, 2015
    Note: PECAN scientists will hold an open house for the media and the public in Hays, Kansas, on Saturday, May 30, 2015. Thunderstorms that form at night, without a spark from the sun's heat, are a mysterious phenomenon. This summer, scientists will be staying up late in search of some answers. From June 1 through July 15, researchers from across North . […]
  • Newly dedicated observatory to search for gravitational waves May 19, 2015
    Seeking to expand how we observe and understand the universe where we live, the National Science Foundation today helped dedicate the Advanced Laser Gravitational Wave Observatories (Advanced LIGO) at the LIGO Hanford facility in Richland, Wash. The California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology designed the NSF-funded facilitie […]