On May 6, 2013, the final speakers for the Human Genome Project 10th anniversary seminar series addressed the genetic, social and behavioral implications of nicotine dependency. Caryn Lerman, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, and Alexandra Shields, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, presented joint talks, titled, Translating Pharmacogenetics Research to Practice: The Case Example of Smoking Cessation.
An international team of researchers has uncovered new evidence of potential genetic influences on blood lipid levels in three ethnic groups: African Americans, East Asians and Europeans. The results may lead to new insights into how genes affect the development of unhealthy levels of cholesterol, help explain differences in risks for heart disease and lead to new potential treatment strategies.
Students visited the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) to learn directly from scientists about DNA and how it relates to the natural world. Three hundred middle and high school students spent April 19, 2013, celebrating National DNA Day at the museum, an activity sponsored by NHGRI's Education and Community Involvement Branch. Find out what they discovered.
A large-scale genomic analysis found that non-inherited mutations in hundreds of genes together account for about 1 in 10 cases of severe congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect.
Leaders of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the world's leading university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies, today announced 18 new projects funded through a joint initiative to address research challenges in the design of failure-resistant circuits and systems.The three-year, $6 million collaborative program ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=127915&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click This is an NSF News item.
Cassandra Brooks is a Stanford University doctoral student with the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources.She spent two months in 2013 aboard the National Science Foundation-operated icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer as part of a research cruise investigating the role of dissolved organic carbon in the Ross Sea ecosystem.She--and a video she produced on the voyage--became ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=127959&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click This is an NSF News item.
Early-life exposure to traffic-related air pollution was significantly associated with higher hyperactivity scores at age 7, according to new research from the University of Cincinnati (UC) and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Living near a major roadway during the prenatal period is associated with an increased risk of respiratory infection developing in children by the age of 3, according to a new study from researchers in Boston.
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