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September 16, 2016
GSA Names New
Executive Director
By Stan Fields
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Society News
Last chance to vote for in the GSA Elections for its 2017 Board Member additions! Check your email for your personal voting code and submit your ballot before the election closes Monday September 19, 2016 at 11:59 PM. Only current GSA members are eligible to cast a vote.
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GSA Journals
The GSA Journals are seeking new submissions for the Multiparental Populations (MPP) series. Published articles will be promoted as part of the launch of a new, easy-to-browse interface for the series, ensuring greater exposure to prominent researchers working with MPPs and to the wider readership of GENETICS and G3. The MPP series features articles reporting the insights yielded by empirical studies of MPPs, as well as the methodological advances needed to make best use of these new and analytically complex tools.
Read the call for papers here.
In 1953, Barbara McClintock published a GENETICS article describing how so-called “extragenic” components, now known as transposons, could alter the function of nearby genes. Thirty years later she would win a Nobel Prize for her insights. In the latest issue of GENETICS, Marnie Halpern introduces McClintock's paper as a Centennial Classic.
Barbara McClintock on Defining the Unstable Genome
Marnie E. Halpern
GENETICS September 2016 204:3-4
Genetic screens using retroviral libraries of shRNAs, CRISPR and ORFs are a mainstay of modern genetic analyses in mammalian cells but have been plagued by irreproducibility. In the latest issue of G3, Magill Sack et al. identify two sources of error that have gone unnoticed by the screening community: retroviral-mediated recombination and plasmid contamination of viral stocks made by transfection. They propose solutions that will lead to greater rates of reproducibility, saving significant time and labor.
Sources of Error in Mammalian Genetic Screens
Laura Magill Sack, Teresa Davoli, Qikai Xu, Mamie Z. Li, and Stephen J. Elledge
G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics September 2016 6: 2781-2790
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NOT IF, we can help it by Stan Fields
Perhaps no topic has had more ink spilled by biobloggers — especially if you include electrons dripping out of laptops — than the tyranny of the Journal Impact Factor. A metric designed by Eugene Garfield to help librarians select journals, the IF has been routinely abused for purposes never intended. How can we reverse this process and reclaim the literature for those who publish research, evaluate research for hiring and tenure decisions, or fund research?
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Hubby & Lewontin: Problems and conversations
The beautiful cover of the August issue of GENETICS was created by artist Michele Banks to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of a pivotal moment in the history of evolutionary biology: the 1966 publication of a pair of GENETICS papers using protein electrophoresis to reveal that natural genetic diversity is bountiful. Thanks to a conversation between two specialists from different fields, these papers delivered a jolt of data to a stagnating debate.
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Hubby & Lewontin: Problems and conversations
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Education and Professional Development
The September issue of CBE-Life Sciences Education, published by American Society for Cell Biology in Editorial Partnership with GSA, is a special themed issue dedicated to broadening participation in the life sciences. Read research, reports, and essays on strategies to develop talent and promote the inclusion of students and scientists from all social backgrounds in all levels of the life sciences.
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Déjà vu: 2017 Budget Uncertainty for US Federal Science Agencies
In what feels like a recurring event, NIH, NSF, and other federal agencies may be left in the dark for their 2017 budgets. While Congress returned to session September 6th after a seven-week summer break, it has just weeks to finalize the budget before the fiscal year begins October 1st.
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Funding, Fellowships, and Awards
The Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostic Challenge is a new $20 million U.S. federal competition seeking innovative, rapid point-of-care laboratory diagnostic tests to combat the development and spread of drug resistant bacteria. The deadline for submissions is January 9, 2017.
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Interested in applying for an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology? Watch a helpful webinar from NSF with advice for applicants.
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