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

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!

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.

Gene Therapy Technique May Help Prevent Cancer Metastasis

Description: Gene-regulating RNA molecules could help treat early-stage breast cancer tumors before they spread.

Genomics and Health

Description: Links to genomics and health impact news and publications

High-Capacity Nanoparticle

Description: Particles that carry three or more drugs hold potential for targeted cancer therapy.

Linking RNA Structure and Function

Description: Biologists have discovered how an enigmatic type of RNA helps to control cell fate.

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?

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

NIH Awards More Than $150 Million for Research on Environmental Influences on Child Health

Description: The National Institutes of Health today announced $157 million in awards in fiscal year 2016 to launch a seven-year initiative called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO). The ECHO program will investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development influences the health of children and adolescents.

Sixth Sense May Be More Than Just a Feeling

Description: NIH study of rare genetic disorder reveals importance of touch and body awareness.

Stop All Disease? Neuroscientist Aims to Fulfill Goal of Facebook Co-Founder and His Wife

Description: Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan announced a plan to devote $3 billion over the next 10 years to a new basic science initiative that will, under the leadership of neurobiologist Cornelia Bargmann of The Rockefeller University in New York City, bring together scientists and engineers to cure diseases.

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