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October 12, 2016
Call for Papers:
Multiparental Populations
Deadline: October 30, 2016
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The 58th Annual Drosophila Research Conference is now open for Abstract Submission and Registration. The abstract submission deadline is November 10, 2016. Don’t forget to nominate your student for the prestigious Larry Sandler Award. Any student completing a PhD in an area of Drosophila research between July 2015 and December 2016 is eligible.
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Grad students and postdocs: Time is running out to apply for the DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics, which supports travel costs for meetings and courses. The deadline is October 28, 2016.
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GSA Journals
Genome Reports
G3 is pleased to offer a new article format to enable rapid review and publication of high-quality reports describing whole genome sequence (WGS) data of organisms and/or strains. The first Genome Report, on two wild-derived mouse inbred strains, is now available Early Online. Read the Report here.
Horses have deeply influenced the trajectory of human societies. In turn, humans have created hundreds of domestic breeds while leading wild populations to near extinction. Several aspects of the evolution of the domestic horse remain controversial. In the latest issue of GENETICS, Librado et al. review recent advances in comparative genomics and paleogenomics that have advanced our understanding of the domestication of horses.
The Evolutionary Origin and Genetic Makeup of Domestic Horses
Pablo Librado, Antoine Fages, Charleen Gaunitz, Michela Leonardi, Stefanie Wagner, Naveed Khan, Kristian Hanghøj, Saleh A. Alquraishi, Ahmed H. Alfarhan, Khaled A. Al-Rasheid, Clio Der Sarkissian, Mikkel Schubert, Ludovic Orlando
GENETICS October 2016 204:423-434
Up to hundreds of copies of rDNA can be present in eukaryotic genomes. In the latest issue of G3, Kwan et al. reveal that a standard molecular biology procedure in yeast, lithium acetate transformation, can result in significant rDNA copy number changes and that many strains from the yeast deletion collection harbor altered rDNA copy numbers unrelated to the deleted genes. Such variants can influence gene expression, telomeric silencing, and replication stress and therefore could be unexpected and influential passenger mutations.
rDNA Copy Number Variants Are Frequent Passenger Mutations in Saccharomyces cerevisiae Deletion Collections and de Novo Transformants
Elizabeth X. Kwan, Xiaobin S. Wang, Haley M. Amemiya, Bonita J. Brewer, and M. K. Raghuraman
G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics September 2016 6:2829-2838
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No “two cultures” here: send us your art. By Stan Fields
If you’re a scientist, the GSA wants to see (and to showcase) some of the products of your creativity.
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GSA-Art: Matthew Sachs
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Members In the News
Congratulations to long-time GSA member Yoshimori Ohsumi, who has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his contribution to understanding the mechanisms of autophagy.
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GSA member Calum MacRae and his colleagues have been awarded $75 million dollars for a “big data” approach to heart disease. MacRae studies the genetics of common cardiovascular disease using human studies and complementary high-throughput biology in the zebrafish.
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A Discover Magazine blog post on “5 Ways Yeast Will Help Save Lives” featured research from the labs of G3 Editor-in-Chief Brenda Andrews, G3 and GENETICS Associate Editor Charlie Boone, G3 Associate Editor Chad Myers, and GSA Board member Jef Boeke.
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Education & Professional Development
Help your students be better prepared for the job market! NSF Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences invites PIs who are current MCB awardees to apply for supplementary funding to provide students with professional development opportunities for careers outside academia.
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A statement signed by 39 CEOs and other business leaders supporting federal funding for basic scientific research was published in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. The full-page ad argues that research is an investment in prosperity, security, and quality of life.
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Funding, Fellowships, and Awards
The National Science Foundation invites faculty to register as a potential 2017 Graduate Research Fellowship Program panelist. Serving as a GRFP panelist is an excellent opportunity to apply research and career expertise to help identify future science and engineering leaders.
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