The National Human Genome Research Institute a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director, Division of Genome Sciences. The ideal candidate will have the knowledge and expertise to lead NHGRI's funding for extramural research and training that is aimed at advancing the understanding of the structure and function of genomes and their implications for biology and disease etiology.
Researchers have begun identifying genetic mutations that evolved over thousands of years to protect Africans from disease pathogens. NHGRI Researcher Charles Rotimi, Ph.D., calls for comprehensive DNA sampling and genetic characterization of Africans and the people of the African Diaspora in an opinion article in the journal Current Opinion in Genetics & Development.
In an effort to make information about clinical trials widely available to the public, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule specifying the requirements for registering and reporting summary results information to ClinicalTrials.gov. The new rule expands the legal requirements for submitting results. NIH also has issued a complementary policy for submitting summary results information for all NIH-funded clinical trials.
NHGRI has found a new syndrome characterized by intellectual disability, hearing loss, abnormal sexual development and birth defects. It is caused by new mutations in CHD4, which regulates how DNA is packaged and how RNA copies gene sequences during development. Using "gene-matching" to connect scientists interested in the same gene, researchers found the first three cases. Read about it in the American Journal of Human Genetics.
In this issue of The Genomics Landscape, we feature the history of the Centers of Excellence in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Research (CEER) Program dating back to the early days of genomics. We also highlight recent workshops on sharing summary statistics in genomic data and investigative device exceptions, the next stop on the Genome: Unlocking Life's Code traveling exhibition and NHGRI's summer trainees.