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The Division of Intramural Research conducts a broad program of laboratory and clinical research.

New research reveals unintended consequences of inappropriate medical food use in managing patients with a type of metabolic disorder

Read moreBethesda, Md., Thurs., Aug. 13, 2015 - In two studies appearing online August 13, 2015 and in the August issue of Genetics in Medicine, researchers note that medical foods, including those given to patients with methylmalonic acidemia (MMA), are not subject to the same scrutiny as therapeutic drugs. A medical food, as defined in the Orphan Drug Act of 1983, is regulated as a food by the Food and Drug Administration and intended to be used under medical supervision. Read more

Studying cancer from the inside out: What the epigenetic code can tell doctors about disease

Read more How tumors differ from each other - either in different organs or within the same organ - can yield useful clues about cancer prognosis and treatment. Ultimately, that knowledge may lead to precision medicine, where a doctor is not just treating a tumor, but tailoring treatment to the patient's specific tumor. A massive new analysis of tumors, published online April 17 in Epigenetics and Chromatin, is leading medicine closer to these goals. Read more

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Intramural trainees represent NHGRI at 2015 plain language competition

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NHGRI intramural trainees and representatives from other NIH institutes recently participated in a high-energy science communications contest called the Three-minute Talk (TmT). Five NHGRI intramural trainees competed as finalists, taking on the challenge to use plain language and one Powerpoint slide to explain their research in three-minutes or less. Talks by Dr. Gustavo Sudre (right) and Dr. Melissa Harris placed second and third. Read more

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From Genome Function to Biomedical Insight: ENCODE and Beyond

ENCODE NHGRI sponsored the workshop From Genome Function to Biomedical Insight: ENCODE and Beyond at the Natcher Conference Center on the NIH main campus. The workshop discussed scientific questions and opportunities to better understand genome function, and considered options for future NHGRI projects that would address these questions and opportunities. Video now available

Last Updated: August 13, 2015