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  • Researchers examine disease-causing mutations in mitochondrial genomes August 28, 2014
    The study of genetic disease has often centered on the human nuclear genome. In contrast, the other genome that resides within us, the mitochondrial genome, has received less attention. July's Genome Advance of the Month features a study in the July 22 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which examined disease-causing mutations in […]
  • NIH issues finalized policy on genomic data sharing August 25, 2014
    The National Institutes of Health has issued a final NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) policy. GDS will promote data sharing as a way to speed the translation of data into knowledge, products and procedures that improve health while protecting the privacy of research participants.
  • Dr. Elaine Mardis on next-generation sequencing technologies August 15, 2014
    Recently, Elaine Mardis, Ph.D., Director of Technology Development for The Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis, presented Next-Generation Sequencing Technologies, the 14th and final lecture for the 2014 Current Topics in Genome Analysis (CTGA) series. Dr. Mardis is a preeminent leader in the field of next-generation sequencing.

  • Chikungunya Vaccine Shows Promise August 25, 2014
    A chikungunya vaccine gave encouraging results in an early-stage clinical trial. A vaccine could prevent outbreaks of the disease, which recently reached the U.S. mainland.
  • Structural States of a Brain Receptor Revealed August 25, 2014
    Scientists determined the detailed structural states of the glutamate receptor, which is involved in learning, memory, and several diseases.
  • Drug Prevents Malaria in High-Risk Region August 25, 2014
    A combination drug treatment substantially reduced malaria in young children in Africa. The treatment could help reduce the disease burden among those most at risk.

  • NSF and NIFA award $25 million in grants for study of water sustainability and climate August 29, 2014
    Almost 1.1 billion people worldwide live without access to fresh water; some 2.6 billion lack adequate sanitation facilities. One of the most urgent challenges facing the world today, scientists agree, is ensuring the adequate supply and quality of water in light of burgeoning human needs and climate variability and change. Despite water's importance to […]
  • Labor Day Q&A: Opportunities in STEM August 29, 2014
    With the approach of Labor Day weekend, we got together with NSF's Nimmi Kannankutty to ask her about the diversity of people and occupations making up the STEM workforce. Kannankutty is senior advisor for NSF's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES).You can listen to this interview on Science360 ... More at http://www.nsf.g […]
  • NSF expands the National Innovation Network with two new I-Corps nodes August 26, 2014
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded two major grants to further expand and support a national network of public-private partnerships to transition fundamental science and engineering discoveries to the marketplace under the Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program.The two grants, $3.75 million each over three years, will support innovation education […]