• Genome-Scale Sequence Analysis April 11, 2014
    On Wednesday, March 19th, Tyra Wolfsberg, Ph.D., associate director, Bioinformatics and Scientific Programming Core, presented Genome-Scale Sequence Analysis, part of the Current Topics in Genome Analysis (CTGA) lecture series.
  • Introduction to Population Genetics April 4, 2014
    This Wednesday, April 9th, Lynn B. Jorde, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah School of Medicine, will present Introduction to Population Genetics, the seventh lecture in the Current Topics in Genome Analysis (CTGA) series. Lectures take place at the Lipsett Amphitheater, NIH Clinical Center, on the NIH campus.
  • Finding Our Inner Neanderthal: Evolutionary Geneticist Svante P��bo's DNA Quest April 4, 2014
    In 2010, Svante P��bo, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, shook the scientific world with a five-year study that concluded that Neanderthals, who disappeared 30,000 years ago, left a legacy that survives in the DNA of many people today. P��bo discusses the study and how paleogenetics can deepen our under […]

  • Paralyzed Men Regain Movement With Spinal Stimulation April 14, 2014
    An experimental spinal stimulation therapy helped 4 young men who were paralyzed below the chest because of spinal cord injuries to regain control of some movement.
  • Discriminating Touch April 14, 2014
    Two research teams revealed how cells in skin feel fine detail and texture. The findings could lead to new approaches to restore the sense of touch lost to aging and certain diseases.
  • Blood Transfusions Linked to Infection Risk in Hospitals April 14, 2014
    Hospitalized patients who had fewer blood transfusions had lower risks of infection, a study showed. More conservative transfusion strategies might reduce infection rates.

  • Special for Earth Day: New NSF resources highlight surprising ecological and economic benefits of biodiversity April 18, 2014
    Every organism on Earth, from microbes to plants to large predators, has evolved unique survival mechanisms and distinct ecological roles. For decades, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded basic research on how these varied organisms, which make up the Earth's biodiversity, function. For example, recent findings about how geckos climb up ver […]
  • Comet ISON Challenge April 18, 2014
    Around the world, astronomy enthusiasts and the public will be buzzing with anticipation over the approach of Comet ISON. NSF's Division of Astronomical Sciences, along with Astronomy and Discover magazines, is holding a unique contest centered on capturing images of the comet. More at […]
  • Earth-sized exoplanet discovery April 18, 2014
    The National Science Foundation-funded Gemini observatory helps confirm the first potentially habitable earth-sized exoplanet. Researchers say this discovery is unique because the planet, called Kepler-186f resides in a temperate region around its host star where water could exist and could possibly sustain life. Earth-sized planets are very difficult to det […]

  • Obama presses scrutiny of 2015 health insurance rates April 19, 2014
    The president made his appeal to state insurance commissioners at a meeting Thursday. Elsewhere, consumer spending related to the health law jumps, the GOP again demands to know the White House's involvement in the rollout, and hospitals try their hand as insurers.
  • U.Va. researchers named recipients of 2013 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards April 19, 2014
    University of Virginia neurologist Dr. Erin Pennock Foff, biologist Sarah Kucenas and biomedical engineer Shayn Peirce-Cotter have been named recipients of 2013 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards to benefit children of the United States. Each scientist will receive $100,000 in direct annual research support from The Hartwell Foundation for three […]
  • Three Johns Hopkins researchers awarded grants for work on potential treatments for diabetes April 19, 2014
    Three Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers have been awarded two-year grants for their work on potential treatments for diabetes, Novo Nordisk announced this month. Of the 110 initial submissions to the new Novo Nordisk Diabetes and Obesity Biologics Science Forum Program, only four projects were funded, three of which are led by Johns Hop […]