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LabGenius: The next step toward a digital laboratory

LabGenius The HHS Ignite Accelerator program, inspired by Silicon Valley start-up methods, nurtures innovative ideas that might improve government operations. Now this seed funding and mentorship program could help create a digital "LabGenius" and, according to NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., "has the potential to streamline our labs ... which could have a big impact." Read more

New NHGRI brochure highlights major genomics research areas

NHGRI brochure cover A new brochure from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), spotlights the Institute's past, present and future roles in the field of genomics. In the Director's Message, NHGRI Director Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., frames the field as "one of the most vibrant, compelling and relevant scientific disciplines of the 21st century." The document traces NHGRI's history from serving as the leader of the U.S. component of the Human Genome Project to its current focus on advancing human health through genomics research.
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Genomics holds promise of treatments for inherited blindness

Retina with double helix Millions of people worldwide suffer from diseases of the retina that cause partial or complete blindness. While there is no cure for retinal degenerative disease, there are several promising areas of research that aim to, at least, partially restore vision. May's Genome Advance of the Month focuses on two experimental therapeutic approaches - gene replacement therapy and optogenetics. Read more

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Genomic Medicine Meeting VIII: NHGRI's Genomic Medicine Portfolio

GM8 Genomic Medicine Meeting VIII June 8-9, 2015 On June 8-9, 2015, NHGRI sponsored its eighth Genomic Medicine meeting - Genomic Medicine Meeting VIII: NHGRI's Genomic Medicine Portfolio - at the Hilton Washington D.C./Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center in Rockville, Md. The meeting convened leadership from NHGRI's genomic medicine programs and representatives from other NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) and external groups.
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The Cancer Genome Atlas Fourth Annual Scientific Symposium

DNA double helix and two researchers In May, the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) held its fourth annual scientific symposium at Natcher Conference Center, NIH. The symposium was offered collaborative workshops, poster sessions and plenary presentations where investigators from around the world shared their novel biological discoveries, analytical methods and translational approaches using TCGA data. Video and slides are now available.
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