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March 1, 2017
Headed to #DROS17?
The hotel reservation deadline is this Friday!
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Society News
We are pleased to announce GSA is now an official partner of March for Science, which aims to champion robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. The March for Science is a non-partisan rally and teach-in to be held in Washington DC, along with a network of affiliated events taking place at more than 300 locations worldwide.
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Students and Postdocs
Graduate student and postdoc members are eligible to apply for a DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics, which supports travel to conferences and courses. Deadline: April 4, 2017.
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Undergraduate members headed to this year’s International C. elegans Conference can apply for a GSA Undergraduate Travel Award. Deadline: March 21, 2017.
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The first post in our new Career Tips blog series explores how postbaccalaureate programs help students increase their competitiveness and preparation for graduate training.
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GSA Meetings
The 29th Fungal Genetics Conference kicks off in two weeks’ time! This year, you can download the meeting app or use the web app to navigate the conference using your mobile device.
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Registration is now open for this year’s International C. elegans Conference. Submit your abstract by March 30, 2017.
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Register for the Annual Drosophila Research Conference by March 17, 2017 to receive the Advance Registration pricing.
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The Annual Drosophila Research Conference organizers would like to recognize all of the first-time Drosophila PIs who have opened their labs in the past five years.  Please send your name, institution, year you started your first lab, and a head-and-shoulders photo to by March 10, 2017.
GSA Journals
Transparent research starts with an unambiguous parts list. The GSA journals are now encouraging authors to use the Reagent Table template being developed by FlyBase (with input from other model organism databases). The Table provides a standardized way to track reagents during research and then report them at publication. Please help the community develop and improve this concept by sending your input to
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Unckless et al. examine the likelihood that resistance to CRISPR/Cas9 gene drive evolves prior to driver fixation, potentially limiting the ability of the driver to transform whole populations in applications such as disease vector control. The results shed light on possible strategies for engineering drivers with a lower potential for resistance as well as using resistance as a possible mechanism for controlling gene drive.
Evolution of Resistance Against CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Drive
Stress affects the life of millions of farm animals and contributes to human disease. Stress responses are typically much stronger in wild vs. domestic animals—a difference that allows researchers to track down the genes involved. Using a unique mapping population created by crossing wild and domestic chickens for 12 generations, Fallahsharoudi et al. identified two strong candidate genes for modulation of the stress response. These genes have likely played key roles in the development of the less fearful barnyard birds.
Genetic and Targeted eQTL Mapping Reveals Strong Candidate Genes Modulating the Stress Response During Chicken Domestication
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Rapid immune evolution: exception or rule
The most quickly evolving parts of host genomes often include immune genes. But are these fast-movers the exception, or do most genes in this class bear the genetic signature of strong selection?
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Brighter GFP gets the green light
The green fluorescence produced by mNeonGreen is significantly brighter than GFP in C. elegans, allowing better visualization of low-expression genes.
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In CBE–Life Sciences Education, Bailey et al. show a course format with a creative grading scheme and weekly formative midterms produced large gains in student success on test items requiring higher-order cognitive skills. The format is designed to provide multiple opportunities to attempt demanding problems on exams, along with immediate feedback and incentives to improve.
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G3 Genome Reports
Several videos related to science policy and public engagement from the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting are available online, including sessions on the ethics of gene editing, evidence-based policy making, social responsibility in science, the role of misinformation in public perceptions of science, and more.
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Community Announcements
Edited by Leslie Pick (University of Maryland), Fly Models of Human Disease is a new volume of Current Topics in Developmental Biology that highlights fruit fly research related to human disease.
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News Around the Web
Trump’s 2018 budget will squeeze civilian science agencies
Biologists propose to sequence the DNA of all life on Earth
Drawing life at its start, cell by cell
In a lab pushing the boundaries of biology, an embedded ethicist keeps scientists in check
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Postdoctoral Position in Behavioral Genomics and Neurobiology
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