Every year, graduate students and postdocs at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and other institutes at the National Institutes of Health compete in a high-energy science communications contest called the Three-Minute Talk (TmT). For the first time in competition history, all the participating institutes agreed to allow postbacs to compete in the TmT finals. NHGRI's Stacy Desine earned first place after the finals on June 29, 2018, becoming the first postbac to win the TmT competition.
In the world of canine genomics, sport hunting dogs are super athletes and terriers are plucky supermodels. NHGRI researchers reached this conclusion after identifying 59 genes or gene regions linked to canine athletics, including those with roles in endurance, heart function, blood flow and pain perception. What terriers lacked in sporty genes, they made up for in genes associated with physical attributes such as their trademark facial hair. The findings were published online in the July 3, 2018, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
In the July issue of The Genomics Landscape, NHGRI Director Dr. Eric Green highlights the 10th anniversary of the Undiagnosed Diseases Program. Other topics include the release of NIH's new strategic plan for data science, Dr. Green's keynote talk at the eighth annual Nuka System of Care Conference, and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Roundtable on Genomics and Precision Health Twitter chat on understanding disparities in access to genetic and genomic services.
Elaine A. Ostrander, Ph.D., a researcher with the National Human Genome Research Institute, contributed to a new study that has implicated 63 additional genetic variants in prostate cancer risk. Dr. Ostrander and her colleagues based their findings, published in Nature Genetics, on DNA samples from more than 140,000 men.
After more than 10 years, The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) has come to a close. A multi-institution collaboration initiated and supported by NHGRI and the National Cancer Institute, TCGA has been hugely successful in its mission to catalog the genomic changes underlying multiple cancer types. This video celebrates TCGA's accomplishments, with reflections from some of its contributors, including NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., and NHGRI's Division of Genome Sciences Director Carolyn Hutter, Ph.D.