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Optogenetics Pioneer Honored

By | February 10, 2015

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health names Karl Deisseroth the winner of the 2015 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences.

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Methylation Predicts Mortality

By | February 3, 2015

A study finds a link between patterns of methylation in the human genome and people’s life span.

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Obama’s Budget Seeks Science Boost

By | February 2, 2015

Fiscal year 2016 could be very bright for the research enterprise if the President’s budgetary requests are granted.

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Interferon Discoverer Dies

By | January 26, 2015

Jean Lindemann, the virologist who helped figure out that interferons were responsible for anti-viral responses, has passed away at age 90.

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Reducing Gene Therapy-Related Risk

By | January 22, 2015

In a mouse model of a rare disease, scientists have figured out how to reduce the elevated cancer risk tied to a gene therapy treatment.

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Fraction of SNPs Can Affect Fitness

By | January 21, 2015

A point mutation analysis of the entire human genome finds that alterations to as many as 7.5 percent of nucleotides may have contributed to humans’ evolutionary split from chimpanzees.

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23andMe Partners with Pfizer

By | January 13, 2015

The personal genomics company strikes yet another deal to glean biomedically relevant information from its user data.

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Funding Turnaround?

By | January 12, 2015

The National Institutes of Health saw a slight improvement in success rate for R01 or equivalent grants last year.

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Trainee Raise

By | January 12, 2015

Grad students and postdoctoral fellows supported by US National Institutes of Health National Research Service Awards land a 2 percent stipend bump in 2015.

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Mitochondrial Enzyme Detailed

By | January 9, 2015

Researchers reveal clues regarding how an ancient mitochondrial enzyme helps maintain healthy cells across the tree of life.

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