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January 4, 2017
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GSA Meetings
Don't miss out on the Annual Drosophila Research Conference! Late abstracts are due by January 23. The early (discounted) registration deadline is February 3.
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Students and Postdocs
A vote by Harvard grad students on whether or not to unionize remains undecided as the eligibility of more than 300 votes is challenged. If the final tally favors unionization, it will be the first case of a private university being forced to accept a grad student union.
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The Scientist examines the ways researchers and institutions are seeking to bridge the gap between the growing number of PhDs and available positions.
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Do you have a demonstrated commitment to diversity? Are you interested in a career in academia? Applications for the NextProf Science Workshop are due February 15. This four-day workshop will include panels on life in academia, the faculty search process, developing a teaching philosophy, and writing a research statement—as well as presentations by higher education experts.
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GSA Journals
A new FlyBook article considers the architectural organization of the Drosophila genome, providing historical perspective and insights from recent work. The authors compare the linear and spatial segmentation of the fly genome and focus on the two key regulators of genome architecture: insulator components and Polycomb group proteins.
Three-Dimensional Genome Organization and Function in Drosophila
Yuri B. Schwartz, Giacomo Cavalli
GENETICS January 2017 205: 5-24
The Diversity Outbred population is a mouse resource derived from eight inbred parental strains and maintained by random mating. Strong transmission ratio distortion in the population was detected on chromosome 2, with the WSB/EiJ allele being preferentially selected. The authors purged this allele in the distortion region without adversely affecting allele frequencies elsewhere in the genome. They suggest other genetic reference populations must also be monitored closely for unexpected selection processes.
Diversity Outbred Mice at 21: Maintaining Allelic Variation in the Face of Selection
Elissa J. Chesler, Daniel M. Gatti, Andrew P. Morgan, Marge Strobel, Laura Trepanier, Denesa Oberbeck, Shannon McWeeney, Robert Hitzemann, Martin Ferris, Rachel McMullan, Amelia Clayshultle, Timothy A. Bell, Fernando Pardo Manuel de Villena, and Gary A. Churchill
G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics December 2016, 6: 3893-3902
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GSA-Art: Daniel Friedman
Grad student Daniel Friedman creates intricate bio-inspired abstract art.
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Fly model of traumatic brain injury untangles factors tied to mortality
The outcome of traumatic brain injury (TBI) can depend on age and post-injury diet. Using a fruit fly model of TBI, research published in G3 examined the contributions of these factors to TBI mortality.
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Best of Genes to Genomes 2016
A look at the five most popular posts from the year—plus a few more we think you'll enjoy.
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Members in the News
Research from the group of GENETICS Associate Editor Rasmus Nielsen reveals that gene variants linked to cold tolerance in Inuit were also found in the extinct Denisovans.
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Drosophila research from GSA member David Rand's group (published in GENETICS) suggests swapping out mitochondria for gene therapy may have unpredictable effects.
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Educational videos have become an important tool in many flipped, blended, and online classes. An essay in CBE–Life Sciences Education reviews literature relevant to the effective use of video in education and suggests how to maximize student learning from video content.
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Applications for the National Education Association Foundation's Grants to Educators are due February 1.
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G3 Genome Reports
World governments at a UN meeting on biodiversity urged caution in field testing gene drives but rejected a moratorium.
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What's the best way to communicate the science behind contentious issues? A common assumption is that the public simply needs better information—but this “deficit” model of science communication simply does not work, concludes a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report assesses the current state of knowledge of science communication and proposes a research agenda to advance the field.
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News Around the Web
Scientists Are Furious Over Canada’s Bizarre Ban on Importing Zebrafish
How “Useless” Science Unraveled an Amphibian Apocalypse
Will the Alt-Right Promote a New Kind of Racist Genetics?
A treatment for Zoe: Inside the race to build a therapy for a devastating rare disease
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