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Latest genetic and genomic news, media resources, and information of broad interest to students and educators.

1-Million-Volunteer Precision Medicine Study Announces First Pilot Projects

Description: President Obamas huge 1-million-person long-term health study is getting started. The White House and National Institutes of Health (NIH) have announced several pilot projects, including one to work out how to recruit hundreds of thousands of volunteers online.

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2016

Description: Which of todays emerging technologies have a chance at solving a big problem and opening up new opportunities? Here are MITs picks. The 10 on this list all had an impressive milestone in the past year or are on the verge of one. These are technologies you need to know about right now. Spoiler Alert THREE involve genetics!

Bdelloid rotifers - The Most Radiation-Resistant Animal

Description: Ionising (high-energy) radiation is bad news for living cells. Far from granting superpowers, it damages DNA, often completely breaking both strands of the all-important molecule. So how do the bdelloid rotifers survive it so well?

CIAs Venture Capital Arm Is Funding Skin Care Products That Collect DNA

Description: SKINCENTIAL SCIENCES, a company with an innovative line of cosmetic products marketed as a way to erase blemishes and soften skin, has caught the attention of beauty bloggers on YouTube, Oprahs lifestyle magazine, and celebrity skin care professionals. Documents obtained by The Intercept reveal that the firm has also attracted interest and funding from In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Easy DNA Editing Will Remake the World. Buckle Up.

Description: Crispr is a revolutionary technique, and like all revolutions, it is perilous. It brings with it all new rules for the practice of research in the life sciences. But no one knows what the rules are, or who will be the first to break them.

Ethical Questions Loom Over Efforts to Make a Human Genome from Scratch

Description: Printing genomes on demand could mean custom-built organisms, difficult ethical questions, and profits for a handful of companies.

First Human CRISPR Trial Passes Safety and Ethics Review

Description: CRISPR is a genome-editing tool that allows researchers to introduce permanent changes to the genome. In this case, rather than manipulating the genome of laboratory-cultured cells or mice for experiments, researchers want to use the tool to fight cancer.

For $999, Veritas Genetics Will Put Your Genome on a Smartphone App

Description: A Cambridge, Massachusetts, company, Veritas Genetics, said this week that is how much it will charge for a consumer-friendly know-your-genome service that would pair insight into your genetic makeup with a handy phone app and on-demand video calls with genetic counselors.

Gene Therapys First Out-and-Out Cure Is Here

Description: A treatment now pending approval in Europe will be the first commercial gene therapy to provide an outright cure for severe combined immune deficiency. This rare disease leaves newborns with almost no defense against viruses, bacteria, or fungi.

Genomics and Health

Description: Links to genomics and health impact news and publications

Lives in the Balance: Why Do We Hold Onto Potentially Harmful, Disease-Causing Mutations?

Description: The persistence of heritable disease raises an evolutionary paradox. When DNA goes awry, and a harmful mutation sprouts up that affects survival, why are these not simply purged from a population over generations?

Monsanto Cultivates a Rose That Does Not Wilt

Description: New advances in biotechnology could keep your flowers in bloom longer.

Navigating Genetics Education Resources from the National Library of Medicine

Description: A training video on using online genetics education resources from the National Library of Medicine in the classroom

NHGRI Newsroom

Description: A listing of the National Human Genome Research Institute's latest genomic news

NHGRI to Fund Programs Promoting Diversity in Genomics

Description: The National Human Genome Research Institute announced that it is seeking grant applications for projects aimed at providing research experiences and skills development in genomics to individuals from underrepresented groups.

Ovarian Cancer Study Provides Painstaking Look at Inner Workings of Tumors

Description: In what is believed to be the largest study of its kind, scientists have examined the collections of proteins in the tumors of ovarian cancer patients to identify critical proteins present in their tumors. The researchers say their achievement illustrates the power of combining genomic and proteomic data, an approach known as proteogenomics.

President Obama Explains Personalized Medicine

Description: Personalized medicine could allow physicians to provide tailored treatment for patients based on their unique genetic, environmental, and lifestyle traits. But all that information creates a daunting data storage challenge.

Researchers Identify Genetic Links to Educational Attainment

Description: It is well known that social and other environmental factors influence education, but a recent study suggest that large genetics analyses may be able to help discover biological pathways as well. An international team of researchers has identified 74 areas of the human genome associated with educational attainment.

Ten Captivating Tools for the DNA Classroom

Description: Whether you are searching for something for DNA Day, looking for a little spice in your genetics unit, or offering resources to parents, students or colleagues - these ten perennial favorites are sure to please. Bookmark this for year-round use.

The False Promise of DNA Testing

Description: The forensic technique is becoming ever more common—and ever less reliable.

The Gene Editor CRISPR Will Not Fully Fix Sick People Anytime Soon. Here Is Why

Description: This week, scientists will gather in Washington, D.C., for an annual meeting devoted to gene therapy - a long-struggling field that has clawed its way back to respectability with a string of promising results in small clinical trials. Now, many believe the powerful new gene-editing technology known as CRISPR will add to gene therapys newfound momentum. But is CRISPR really ready for prime time? Science explores the promise and peril of the new technology.

Tweets of the Week

Description: Follow tweets written by Dr. Khoury, the director of the CDC's Office of Public Health Genomics