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Karen Mohlke, Ph.D.

Current Topics: Genomic Approaches to the Study of Complex Genetic Diseases

Join Karen Mohlke, Ph.D., from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Wednesday, April 23rd for the next Current Topics in Genome Analysis lecture: Genomic Approaches to the Study of Complex Genetic Diseases. Attend at the Lipsett Amphitheater, NIH Clinical Center. Read more

Posted: April 22, 2014  

ENCODE logo

Defining functional DNA elements in the human genome

Researchers from the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements, or ENCODE, consortium have published a perspective article in the April 21, 2014 publication of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The article examines issues arising from the varying definitions and measurement of genomic function. Read more

Posted: April 22, 2014  

NIH Clinical Center

NIH program to jump-start genomic medicine

A new, two-year NIH initiative called the Clinical Center Genomics Opportunity (CCGO) will build an infrastructure for clinical genomic sequencing so clinical researchers can use genomic data for clinical research. CCGO will underwrite the DNA sequencing and analysis of 1,000 exomes, the functionally important 1-2 percent of the genome that codes for proteins. Read more

Posted: April 21, 2014  

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Tyra Wolfsberg

Genome-Scale Sequence Analysis

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. YouTube video Watch the video
Read about the lecture series

Posted: April 14, 2014  

Lynn Jorde

Introduction to Population Genetics

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. Read more

Posted: April 07, 2014  

Svante Pääbo

Finding Our Inner Neanderthal: Evolutionary Geneticist Svante Pääbo's DNA Quest

In 2010, Svante Pääbo, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, shook the scientific world with a study that concluded that Neanderthals left a legacy that survives in the DNA of many people today. See a recent lecture video from the Smithsonian where Pääbo discusses that study.
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Posted: April 04, 2014  

The Genomics Landscape: A Message from the Director

DNA Day: Inspiring the Future Generation of Scientists

Engaging young students can inspire them about scientific concepts and inquiry. On April 25th, NHGRI will celebrate the 12th National DNA Day, which commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double-helical structure in 1953. DNA Day programs bring genomics to the classroom. Read more

Posted: April 03, 2014  

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Andy Baxevanis

Biological Sequence Analysis II

On Wednesday, March 12th, Andy Baxevanis, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Computational Bioscience, NIH, and an associate investigator for NHGRI's Genome Technology Branch, presented his Current Topics in Genome Analysis (CTGA) lecture Biological Sequence Analysis II. Video of that lecture is now available.
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Read about the lecture series

Posted: April 02, 2014  

Kurt Fischbeck

Genetic testing for neurological diseases

Kurt Fischbeck, M.D., NIH Distinguished Investigator at NINDS, and an adjunct investigator for NHGRI, will present the second Genomics in Medicine lecture on Friday, April 4th. His talk, Genetic testing for neurological diseases, will discuss how genetic testing for disorders like muscular dystrophy, cerebellar ataxia and Huntington's disease can provide accurate diagnoses without invasive procedures. Read more

Posted: April 01, 2014  

Colleen McBride

Applications of Genomics to Improve Public Health

On Wednesday, April 2nd, Colleen McBride, Ph.D., chief of NHGRI's Social and Behavioral Research Branch, will present Applications of Genomics to Improve Public Health, part of the Current Topics in Genome Analysis (CTGA) lecture series. Attend at the Lipsett Amphitheater, NIH Clinical Center. Read more

Posted: March 31, 2014  

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Know Your Family History, Improve Your Health

On February 8, 2014, Michelle Snyder, Sarah von Schuch and Janine Lewis from the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center, presented Know Your Family History, Improve Your Health, part of the "Genome: Unlocking Life's Code" exhibition events. The talk demonstrates using a powerful genetic tool - your family health history - to stay healthy. YouTube video Watch it here

Posted: March 26, 2014  

Laura Elnitski, Ph.D.

Regulatory and Epigenetic Landscapes of Mammalian Genomes

On Wednesday, March 26th, Laura Elnitski, Ph.D., head of NHGRI's Genomic Functional Analysis Section, will present Regulatory and Epigenetic Landscapes of Mammalian Genomes, part of the Current Topics in Genome Analysis (CTGA) lecture series. Attend at the Lipsett Amphitheater, NIH Clinical Center. Read more

Posted: March 24, 2014  

Genome Advance of the Month
Circulating tumor DNA

Circulating tumor DNA: A new generation of cancer biomarkers

February's Genome Advance of the Month describes a new study, published in the February 19, 2014, issue of Science Translational Medicine, which examines the potential of screening ctDNA to detect and follow the progression of a patient's tumor. More study is needed, but this research demonstrates the immense potential of ctDNA to improve the early detection and treatment of cancer. Read more

Posted: March 20, 2014  

Tyra Wolfsberg

Genome-Scale Sequence Analysis

On Wednesday, March 19th, Tyra Wolfsberg, Ph.D., associate director, Bioinformatics and Scientific Programming Core, will present Genome-Scale Sequence Analysis, part of the Current Topics in Genome Analysis (CTGA) lecture series. Attend at the Lipsett Amphitheater, NIH Clinical Center on the NIH campus.
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See the CTGA launch talk with Dr. Eric Green
YouTube video The Genomics Landscape circa 2014

Posted: March 17, 2014  

Andy Baxevanis

CTGA continues with Biological Sequence Analysis II

On Wednesday, March 12th, Andy Baxevanis, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Computational Bioscience, NIH, and an associate investigator for NHGRI's Genome Technology Branch, continues his Current Topics in Genome Analysis (CTGA) lecture with Biological Sequence Analysis II. Attend at the Lipsett Amphitheater, NIH Clinical Center on the NIH campus. Read more

Posted: March 11, 2014  

A researcher, DNA double helix and a doctor at a patient's bedside

NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program launches fellowship

The NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program, developed by NHGRI, the NIH Office of Rare Diseases Research and the NIH Clinical Center, is pleased to announce a one-year fellowship in the clinical characterization, basic science and genomics of undiagnosed disease. Fellows will learn cutting-edge techniques to evaluate individuals and families with complex undiagnosed diseases. Apply by April 1st. Read more

Posted: March 09, 2014  

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Thomas Ried

Genomics in Medicine: Genome and Transcriptome Dynamics in Cancer Cells

On Friday, February 7th, Thomas Ried, M.D., senior investigator and chief of the Cancer Genomics Section at the National Cancer Institute, presented, Genome and Transcriptome Dynamics in Cancer Cells, which focused on malignant cells that carry two specific and concurrent alterations of the cellular transcriptome. Video of that talk, part of the Genomics in Medicine Lecture Series, is now available. YouTube video Watch the lecture video

Posted: March 07, 2014  

The Genomics Landscape: A Message from the Director
Eric Green

NHGRI's Extramural Research Portfolio - Slicing the Funding Pie

The most important task for an Institute's Extramural Research Program (ERP) is to develop and support a high-quality research portfolio. Broad goals for genomics are key to our research agenda, but the greater challenge is making hard decisions about the relative priorities for the various programs that we could fund. Read more

Posted: March 05, 2014  

Andy Baxevanis at the podium

Biological Sequence Analysis I next up for CTGA

On Wednesday, March 5th, Andy Baxevanis, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Computational Bioscience, NIH, and an associate investigator for NHGRI's Genome Technology Branch, will present the lecture Biological Sequence Analysis I for the 2014 Current Topics in Genome Analysis (CTGA) lecture series. Attend at the Lipsett Amphitheater, NIH Clinical Center on the NIH campus. Read more

Posted: March 03, 2014  

Max Muenke (top left), Kurt Fischbeck (top right), Kathleen Merikangas (bottom left), Francis McMahon (bottom right)

Lectures on the genomics of neurology and psychiatry begin this spring

Clinical applications of genomics in neurology and psychiatry are the focus of an upcoming lecture series sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) in collaboration with Suburban Hospital and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Lectures are scheduled for every first Friday of the month from 8-9 a.m., throughout the spring. Next lecture: April 4th. Read more

Posted: March 03, 2014  

Genome Advance of the Month
Yersinia pestis

The evolutionary mark of Y. pestis and the Black Death

The course of human history has been shaped by human thoughts and actions and our interactions with the environment, including the trillions of microscopic viruses and bacteria that beset us daily. The Genome Advance of the Month features two studies that use genomics to explore the role of Yersinia pestis (Y. pestis) in two plague pandemics and its evolutionary mark on the human genome. Read more

Posted: February 28, 2014  

Dr. Eric Green at the podium

Dr. Eric Green to kick off Current Topics in Genome Analysis 2014

On February 26th, NHGRI Director Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., will launch the 2014 Current Topics in Genome Analysis (CTGA) lecture series, surveying The Genomic Landscape, circa 2014. Current Topics in Genome Analysis is a 15-lecture series covering contemporary areas in genomics and bioinformatics. It all happens at the Lipsett Amphitheater, NIH Clinical Center. Read more

Posted: February 25, 2014  

Rare Disease Day poster

NIH celebrates Rare Disease Day

On Friday, Feb. 28, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) celebrated the seventh annual Rare Disease Day with a full day of poster sessions, tours of the NIH Clinical Center and talks by researchers from NHGRI and other institutes. The Office of Rare Diseases Research, part of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, hosted the event. Read more
See events happening worldwide
Go to the Rare Disease Day website

Posted: February 24, 2014  

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Council meeting room

See video highlights from NHGRI's February council meeting

See a selection of videos from our live broadcast of the 70th open session meeting of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research held Monday, February 10th. Among the topics: genomic medicine, H3Africa, the intramural research program, and genomics and cancer. Read more

Posted: February 18, 2014  

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Kenneth H. Kraemer, M.D.

When the Lifeguard for the Gene Pool Goes on Strike

In January, the Genomics in Medicine lecture series featured Kenneth H. Kraemer, M.D., Chief, DNA Repair Section, Dermatology Branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, NIH. His talk, When the Lifeguard for the Gene Pool Goes on Strike: DNA Repair Disorders Xeroderma Pigmentosum and Trichothiodystrophy, focused on how DNA repair plays a major role in protecting the genome by removing DNA damage caused by sun exposure. Video of this talk is now available. Read more

Posted: February 10, 2014  

Council group photo

Advisory council to meet in open session

The seventieth National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research will meet in open session Monday, February 10, 2014, at Fishers Lane Terrace-Level Conference Center. Genomic medicine, H3Africa, the intramural research program, and genomics and cancer will be discussed. Read the agenda

Posted: February 07, 2014  

Group photo

International gathering highlights opportunities in genomic medicine

At the Global Leaders in Genomic Medicine meeting, held Jan. 8-9 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., attendees learned how both large and small countries are creating innovative programs and plans for implementing genomic medicine. The two-day meeting was sponsored by NHGRI. Read more
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Posted: February 06, 2014  

Genome Advance of the Month
Letters of A T C G

Multi-tasking DNA: Dual-use codons in the human genome

What are all the intricacies of how the human genome functions? The completion of the Human Genome Project (HGP)did not mean a complete understanding of what all those As, Cs, Ts and Gs meant in terms of our biology. December's Genome Advance of the Month highlights how researchers are trying to understand how our genome works and how tiny differences account for wide diversity among us. Read more

Posted: February 05, 2014  

The Genomics Landscape
Eric Green

The Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative

The topic of 'Big Data' (of all sorts) has become a hot one across the industrial, academic and non-profit sectors. To that end, The Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative was conceived to enable a quantum leap in the ability of the biomedical research enterprise to maximize the value of the growing volume and complexity of biomedical data. Read more

Posted: February 05, 2014  

National Human Genome Research Institute and The American Society of Human Genetics

Apply for NHGRI-ASHG's new education fellowship for genetics professionals

To help cultivate an educated citizenry, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and NHGRI have teamed up to sponsor the new Genetics and Education Fellowship. Every year, one genetics professional will receive comprehensive training and experience to help prepare him or her for a career in genetics and genomics education. Read more

Posted: February 04, 2014  

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