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April 12, 2017
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Planning to March for Science at one of the more than 400 events around the world on April 22? Or will you be marching “virtually”? Either way, make sure you register using the link below.
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Will you be at the March for Science in Washington, DC? If you would like to join GSA and march alongside other members in DC, please also register here to receive e-mail updates about the meeting time and location. If you need our help co-ordinating a meet-up with other GSA members at a satellite march, please e-mail
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Is science of value? GSA Immediate Past President Stan Fields drags himself out of blog retirement to examine a popular narrative about science and the effect of federal research budget cuts.
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GSA Meetings
Did you attend the 58th Annual Drosophila Research Conference in San Diego? Help us improve the conference by taking a brief 8-question survey. You can also share feedback directly via e-mail:
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Save the date! The 59th Annual Drosophila Research Conference #DROS18 will be held April 11-15, 2018, in Philadelphia, PA. Sign up to receive updates.
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Students and Postdocs
In the latest Career Tips, career counselor Bob Dolan outlines a strategy for exploring your career options effectively.
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The latest Early Career Scientist Leadership Spotlights feature Emily Lescak of the University of Anchorage, Alaska and Adam Ramsey of the University of Memphis.
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GSA Journals
The latest FlyBook chapter is now available:
Circadian Rhythms and Sleep in Drosophila melanogaster
Christine Dubowy and Amita Sehgal
In the April issue of GENETICS, Portin and Wilkins present a history of the changing meanings of the term “gene” and discuss why this word needs redefinition today. Developments since the 1970s have undermined the generality of the prevailing definition and raise questions about both the utility of the concept of a basic “unit of inheritance” and the long implicit belief that genes are autonomous agents. The authors review findings that make  the classic molecular definition of “gene” obsolete and propose a new one based on contemporary knowledge.
The evolving definition of the term "gene”
Species of the Drosophila melanogaster species subgroup, including D. simulans, D. mauritiana, D. yakuba, and D. santomea, have long served as model systems for studying evolution. However, these studies have been limited by a paucity of genetic and transgenic reagents. In the April issue of G3, Stern et al. describe new tools that will allow high-resolution genetic studies and will simplify transgenic assays in these species.
Genetic and Transgenic Reagents for Drosophila simulans, D. mauritiana, D. yakuba, D. santomea, and D. virilis
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Incompatibility between mitochondrial and nuclear genomes isolates many nematode populations
Harmful interactions between diverged nuclear and mitochondrial genomes may be the first step towards speciation in isolated populations of soil nematodes.
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Microcopic image of cow cells
Live long and prosper (under the right conditions)
McCleary and Rine delve into the complex relationship between calorie restriction (CR), chronological aging, and the histone deacetylase Sir2.
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Members in the News
Drosophilist Nancy Pokrywka (Vassar College) and her fruit flies are the stars of this episode of the comedy podcast "You're the Expert!"
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The work of Yali Zhang (University of California, Santa Barbara) on the neural basis of food texture sensation was highlighted by Francis Collins in the NIH Director’s Blog. Zhang and colleagues’ image of a multidendritic neuron in the fly tongue was one of this year’s winners of the Drosophila Image Awards.
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Several GSA members have been newly elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations to Angelika Amon (MIT / HHMI), Maria Jasin (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Scott N. Keeney (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Hopi Hoekstra (Harvard / HHMI), Douglas Soltis (University of Florida), and Dana Carroll (University of Utah School of Medicine)!
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Faculty and future faculty are invited to apply to attend a 2017 Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching. These multi-day workshops, held at several locations around the US, provide training in practical strategies for enhancing student learning.
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G3 Genome Reports
Congress breaks for two weeks before the current “continuing resolution” expires April 28, making now a great time to contact your Representatives and encourage them to pass an omnibus 2017 spending bill. Follow the link for tips from FASEB.
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Register for a AAAS webinar on April 19 on “Advocating for Science Beyond the March,” which includes the launch of a new advocacy toolkit for scientists.
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News Around the Web
HiC: The Game-Changing Technique That Cracked the Zika-Mosquito Genome
How the genomics revolution could finally help Africa
Silicon Valley’s Quest to Live Forever
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