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Research Directions in Genetically-Mediated Stevens-Johnson Syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis

On March 3-4, 2014, NHGRI is sponsoring Research Directions in Genetically-Mediated Stevens-Johnson Syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis at Building 31 on the NIH Main Campus. The workshop will review current knowledge of the surveillance, pathogenesis and treatment of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (SJS/TEN); examine the role of genomics and pharmacogenomics in the etiology, treatment and eradication of the preventable causes of drug-induced SJS/TEN; and identify priorities for future research. Read the agenda
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The Genomics Landscape
NHGRI Director Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D.

Genomics in Africa

In this month's The Genomics Landscape, I discuss the importance of supporting genomics research in Africa and describe NHGRI's involvement in some relevant research programs. Other topics include recent publications from eMERGE, NHGRI's policy and education fellowships and a request for information from the National Library of Medicine. Read more

Genome Advance of the Month
CRISPR-Cas9 editing of the genome

CRISPR-Cas9 probes the inner workings of the genome in real time

January's Genome Advance of the Month describes two studies, published in Nature and Nature Biotechnology, which examine the ways researchers are using CRISPR-Cas9, a new tool that studies the genome by changing specific genes or groups of genes. Read more

A health professional looking at a monitor with genomic data and a patient

Papers from eMERGE highlight large-scale genomics research

Nearly 20 papers published online in 2014 highlight research on the use of DNA biorepositories and electronic medical records (EMRs) to understand the underlying genomics of disease. The papers appeared in Frontiers in Genetics and were co-authored by members of the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network, which is supported by NHGRI. Read more


Genome regions linked to BMI and fat distribution

Researchers have linked new regions of the human genome to body mass index (BMI) and fat distribution, according to two studies published in Nature. NHGRI researchers and PAGE Consortium scientists supported by NHGRI contributed to studies that may lead to more effective therapeutic targets.
Read more at nature.com:
New genetic loci link adipose and insulin biology to body fat distribution
Genetic studies of body mass index yield new insights for obesity biology

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