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Genetics Society of America

August 16, 2017
News for members of
the genetics community
photo of new ECS leaders The GSA Early Career Scientist Leadership Program

Meet our newest leaders and read an interview with the Program's Director Sonia Hall.
Germline immortality in C. elegans depends on epigenetic inheritance
Spracklin et al. identify the genetic components required for RNAi inheritance—a type of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance—and show that this machinery is required for maintenance of the germline.
To make an embryo, you gotta break some mitochondrial DNA
Despite advances over the last twenty years, the efficiency of somatic cell nuclear transfer remains low. Srirattana and St. John report a method to deplete cattle donor cells of mitochondrial DNA and efficiently generate blastocysts from these depleted donors.
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Evolving Mistranslating tRNAs Through a Phenotypically Ambivalent Intermediate in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Toward Universal Forward Genetics: Using a Draft Genome Sequence of the Nematode Oscheius tipulae To Identify Mutations Affecting Vulva Development
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New in G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics
Gene2Function: An Integrated Online Resource for Gene Function Discovery
McClintock: An Integrated Pipeline for Detecting Transposable Element Insertions in Whole-Genome Shotgun Sequencing Data
Students and Postdocs
Career Tips: Take control of your academic job search
Zeba Wunderlich offers a short guide to controlling the part of the academic search process that is in your hands—the documents you provide to the search committee.
Tom McFadden on middle school outreach and going viral as a science rapper
The new Decoding Life interview series profiles geneticists with diverse career paths, tracing the many directions possible after research training. The latest features middle school science teacher Tom McFadden talking about the challenge of generating YouTube content that stimulates participation, and how scientists can improve their outreach ideas.
Faculty, Educators, & Mentors
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has asked us to share their recent “Five MIRA Myths” blog post on the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) program. It addresses some questions related to budgets, additional funding sources, and collaborative research.
Advocacy in Your Backyard: How Scientists Can Make a Difference
The August Congressional recess is a great opportunity to reach US policymakers in their home states and districts. This video presentation from GSA partner FASEB provides an update on the 2018 budget discussion and offers tips on how to make a difference.
Members in the News
How to kill fruit flies, according to a scientist
Thomas Merritt (Laurentian University) lets the public in on a classic fly lab trick—and slips in some important messages.
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Medical Research Analyst - Genetics
Hayes Inc

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor- Neuroscience
Georgia State University

Postdoc: rare disease research
University of Utah 

R & D Scientist II
GeneDx Inc

Postdoc: bioinformatics/cardiovascular disease
MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences
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