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  • Exploring harmful interactions between artificial sweeteners and gut microbiota October 27, 2014
    Six types of non-caloric artificial sweeteners are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These sugar substitutes are popular due to their minimal calorie content and low cost. But data on the benefits and risks of artificial sweeteners have been controversial. September's Genome Advance of the Month focuses on the potential risks of a […]
  • Workshop Report: Future Opportunities for Genome Sequencing and Beyond October 27, 2014
    On July 28-29, the National Human Genome Research Institute held a workshop on the future of its flagship Genome Sequencing Program (GSP) - Future Opportunities for Genome Sequencing and Beyond: A Planning Workshop for the National Human Genome Research Institute. The GSP is now requesting comments on the workshop summary report. The deadline for comments is […]
  • NIH grants examine how genomic information can affect patients' health October 22, 2014
    New National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants aim to gauge if genomics can help diagnose diabetes, keep heart disease patients out of hospitals and guide cancer clinicians and patients to the most effective drugs. These pilot demonstration awards, totaling more than $11 million, are part of the Implementing Genomics in Practice (IGNITE) program administered […]

  • Selling and buying water rights October 30, 2014
    Trying to sell or buy water rights can be a complicated exercise. First, it takes time and effort for buyers and sellers to find each other, a process that often relies on word-of-mouth, local bulletin boards, even calling friends and neighbors to get the word out. Then they must deal with the maze of rules and regulations involved. Finally, they must reach […]
  • Testing for pathogens October 30, 2014
    When Sunny Shah and his research colleagues at the University of Notre Dame developed a new diagnostic tool for detecting the presence of bacteria, viruses and other pathogens, they assumed that the food industry would be the perfect market. It made sense, particularly amid ongoing concerns over food safety. The test could identify, among other things, E. co […]
  • Cybersecurity: It's about way more than countering hackers October 30, 2014
    It's tense in the situation room. A cyber attack on the electrical grid in New York City has plunged Manhattan into darkness on a day that happens to be the coldest in the year. Concurrently, the cellular phone network has been attacked, silencing smartphones and sowing confusion and panic. A foreign power has claimed responsibility for the attacks and […]