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July 20, 2016
Thank you to the members who organized great sessions and attendees who came to share outstanding science at TAGC. The meeting was a success because of you.

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Deadline Extended! Bring the outreach and professional development workshops that you attended at TAGC to your local community with a GSA Trainee Organized Symposia. All undergraduate, graduate, and postdoc members are eligible to apply. Applications are due July 22, 2016.
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New Faculty Profile
Steven Zuryn is a Group Leader and Stafford Fox Research Fellow in the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland, Australiae. His research group uses C. elegans to study the emerging role of epigenetic mechanisms that help preserve correct cell function.
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2017 GSA Award Nominations
Honor your outstanding colleagues by nominating them for a 2017 GSA award. Remember, individuals can't be chosen to receive an award unless they are nominated! Help us cultivate a strong and diverse pool of applicants for our awards:

Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal for lifetime contributions to the field
Genetics Society of America Medal for recent contributions to the field
George W. Beadle Award for contributions to the community of genetics researchers
Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education for impact on genetics education
Edward Novitski Prize for extraordinary creativity and intellectual ingenuity in research
Last week at The Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC), National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins provided an overview of model organism support from his agency.
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NIGMS Looking for information
NIGMS is looking for public responses to a request for information on strategies for modernizing biomedical graduate education. The information will assist NIGMS in identifying, developing and potentially implementing strategies to ensure that trainees gain the skills, abilities and knowledge required to be successful in the biomedical research workforce.
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NIGMS Looking for information
GSA Journals
During its evolution, the budding yeast genome lost most of its introns. It has been suggested that the few that remain are retained because they play important functional roles. In the latest issue of GENETICS, Hooks et al. provide evidence that some yeast introns harbor functional noncoding RNA structures, and they explore the impact of one such intronic RNA on the salt stress response.
Novel Intronic RNA Structures Contribute to Maintenance of Phenotype in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Katarzyna B. Hooks, Samina Naseeb, Steven Parker, Sam Griffiths-Jones, and Daniela Delneri
GENETICS July 2016 203:1469-1481
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Genetic interactions are thought to affect risk for common human diseases, but identifying such interactions remain challenging. In the latest issue of G3, Murk and DeWan report an exhaustive search for statistical SNP-SNP interactions in 10 diseases using a large database of 45,171 subjects. No significant, replicable interactions were detected, suggesting that interactions of moderate-to-large effect size do not play major roles in affecting risk for these conditions.
Exhaustive Genome-Wide Search for SNP-SNP Interactions Across 10 Human Diseases
William Murk and Andrew T. DeWan
Genes|Genomes|Genetics July 2016 6:2043-2050
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It was Greek to me (Julius Caesar) by Stan Fields
One of Shakespeare’s First Folios was recently on loan from the Folger Library to Seattle, and my wife and I went to view it. You don’t have to be a theatre-lover to feel awestruck peering at the page opened at: “To be or not to be...” in a printing from Shakespeare’s troupe made shortly after his death. Without the First Folio, no surviving Comedy of Errors, no Taming of the Shrew, no Tempest; half of the plays would have been lost. Seeing the First Folio got me wondering why we biologists today don’t write our papers as if we expect them to still be read in 400 years.
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Genetic test helps ponies leave the past behind
by Nicole Houpek
For the past several decades, Shetland ponies’ collective past had caught up with them. A portion of the population of these miniature horses is affected by atavism, a phenomenon in which ancient characteristics are accidentally revived by mutations. Traits reincarnated in this way sometimes interact disastrously with the genetic background of the modern organism. In an article in the July issue of G3, researchers report not only the cause of this condition, but also a genetic test that can be applied to breeding programs immediately.
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William Barrington shows that the impact of a diet depends on the genetics of the person eating.
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Phillip Messer's research on gene drives reveals a key safety feature in gene editing.
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Funding, Fellowships, and Awards
The application period for the Christin Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship program is open. An immersive experience, the program is designed to broaden fellows’ appreciation of employment opportunities outside academia and leave them with both a firm grasp of the important and dynamic role of science and technology in decision-making and a better understanding of the role that they can play in strengthening the science and technology enterprise for the betterment of mankind.
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The Warren Alpert Foundation invites nominations for the 2017 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize. Nominations should be made for scientific achievements that have led to the prevention, cure, or treatment of human disorders or for research for seminal scientific research findings that holds great promise to change our ability to treat disease. The deadline for receipt of nominations is October 31, 2016.
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