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NHGRI's advisory council meets in open session February 8th

The open session for the seventy-sixth meeting of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research will meet Monday, February 8th, at Fishers Lane Conference Center. NHGRI Director Eric Green will report to council, followed by talks on Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa), integrating genomics into clinical practice, a recent roundtable on including underrepresented populations in genomic research, and more. The session will be broadcast live starting at 10 a.m. Eastern.
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NIH researchers identify genomic signature shared by five types of cancer

Read more National Institutes of Health researchers have identified a signature in tumor DNA that occurs in five different types of cancer. They've also found evidence that this methylation signature may be present in many more types of cancer. The specific signature results from a chemical modification of DNA called methylation, which can control the expression of genes like a dimmer on a light switch. The study appears in the February 5 issue of The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics. Read more

The Genomics Landscape

NHGRI Genome Sequencing Program: Blazing the Path Forward in Human Disease Genomics

Eric Green Much to the chagrin of most adult Washingtonians (I note that children have a very different attitude about this), our seemingly mild winter ended abruptly last weekend with the accumulation of a record-breaking amount of snow. However, the 'Blizzard of 2016' failed to chill my enthusiasm for recent developments with the NHGRI Genome Sequencing Program - whose new phase was announced last month. Read more

Genome Advance of the Month

The "bunny ear" hypothesis: How defective DNA looping may contribute to cancer

Read more Your DNA forms thousands of "bunny ear" loops, like those of a shoelace. Your DNA creates "genetic neighborhoods" within each bunny ear loop. These neighborhoods bring distant genes and specific gene control switches into close proximity. The December Genome Advance of the Month highlights a landmark study in Nature that describes what happens when two genetic neighborhoods merge in brain tumor cells. Read more

NHGRI & ASHG seek policy and education fellowship applicants

Fellows group photo NHGRI and the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) are now accepting applications for the 2016 Genetics & Public Policy Fellowship and the 2016 Genetics & Education Fellowship. The application period is now open for both fellowships until April 25, 2016.
The Genetics & Public Policy Fellowship
The Genetics & Education Fellowship

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