• Survey shows broad support for national precision medicine study August 18, 2016
    A recent survey designed to measure public attitudes about the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program has shown that most respondents were willing to participate in this nationwide research. The PMI Cohort Program is a longitudinal research effort that aims to engage 1 million or more U.S. participants to help improve prevention and treatment of […]
  • Seeking: Director, Division of Genome Sciences August 17, 2016
    The National Human Genome Research Institute a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director, Division of Genome Sciences. The ideal candidate will have the knowledge and expertise to lead NHGRI's funding for extramural research […]
  • Sardinian dog genome reveals a shared ancestral homeland with humans August 15, 2016
    The genetic origins of a fierce Sardinian dog (also called Fonni's dogs for the city of the same name) mirror recent studies that also traced the genetic origins of human Sardinians to the Middle East and Hungary, according to scientists at the National Human Genome Research Institute. Sequencing the whole genome of Fonni's dogs revealed clues abou […]

  • The genomics of cervical cancer February 14, 2017
    Findings from a genomic study of cervical cancer tumors could help researchers target treatments that are most appropriate for each patient and guide the development of novel approaches.
  • Stem cell transplant induces multiple sclerosis remission February 14, 2017
    An experimental treatment induced remission of a common form of multiple sclerosis (MS) over a 5-year follow-up period. Researchers are continuing to assess the benefits and risks.
  • Protein structure reveals how LSD affects the brain February 14, 2017
    The structure of LSD with its target protein in the human brain, a receptor for the chemical messenger serotonin, could lead to new avenues for future drug development.

  • Note from the director: Broadening participation through NSF INCLUDES February 23, 2017
    France Córdova is the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). To read more posts from the director, check out her Notes from the Field blog. Last year, NSF issued its first grants for NSF INCLUDES, a major addition to our portfolio of programs seeking to broaden participation in science and engineering (S&E). In January, I had a chance to meet […]
  • Q&A: Exposing the realities of eviction February 22, 2017
    "Eviction" is a term that has become increasingly familiar to Americans over the past decade as one of the most visible symbols of poverty and economic misfortune. But research by social scientist and ethnographer Matthew Desmond shows that the reality of eviction is more complicated than traditional narratives might indicate. Notably, Desmond says […]
  • A low-cost mechanical device for minimally invasive surgery February 21, 2017
    Surgeons can now use a new type of mechanical instrument to perform complex, minimally invasive procedures, also known as laparoscopic surgery, thanks to researchers and small business entrepreneurs funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The technology could lead to less trauma for patients and shorter recovery times after surgery. According to its […]