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January 17, 2018
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Early registration discount for the Annual Drosophila Research Conference ends February 1.

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Society News
New Fly News issue
Drosophila researchers: did you catch the Fly News last week? Don’t miss out on all the news and updates from the Fly Board and the rest of the community!
» conferences.genetics-gsa.org
GSA Meetings
Abstracts due soon for Population, Evolutionary, and Quantitative Genetics
Submit your abstracts now for the Population, Evolutionary, and Quantitative Genetics Conference 2018! Abstracts are due February 15.
» conferences.genetics-gsa.org
Students and recent PhDs: Apply for the Crow Award now
Students and recent PhDs in any area of population, evolutionary, or quantitative genetics are invited to apply for the James F. Crow Award for Early Career Researchers. Finalists will present in a high-profile session at #PEQG18 and the winner will be selected by invited speakers Jonathan Pritchard, Katie Peichel, and Trudy Mackay.
» conferences.genetics-gsa.org
Zebrafish offer hope for understanding severe form of epilepsy
Zebrafish antiquitin mutants not only mimic the recurrent seizures of the human disease pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy, but they also recapitulate many of its biochemical anomalies.
» genestogenomes.org
Sperm and eggs don’t always join at random
In a review in GENETICS, Joseph Nadeau explores cases in which nonrandom pairing of sperm and egg at fertilization distorts the expected ratio of offspring genotypes.
» genestogenomes.org
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FlyBook: Advances in Engineering the Fly Genome with the CRISPR-Cas System
WormBook: Invading, Leading and Navigating Cells in Caenorhabditis elegans: Insights into Cell Movement in Vivo
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New in G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics
Large-Scale Low-Cost NGS Library Preparation Using a Robust Tn5 Purification and Tagmentation Protocol
Rapid Gene Family Evolution of a Nematode Sperm Protein Despite Sequence Hyper-conservation
Students and Postdocs
Grant writing and lab meetings prepared Nigel Delaney with skills that enhance his role in industry
A vice president at a startup talks about his transition from team member to manager and the value of PhD training.
» genestogenomes.org
Yaihara Fortis Santiago on addressing the diverse needs of early career scientists
A manager of postdoctoral affairs discusses her journey from Puerto Rico to a fulfilling career helping early career scientists advance their scientific training.
» genestogenomes.org
Brooke LaFlamme, Chief Editor of Communications Biology, wants you to know that editors are not the enemy
A journal editor considers careers in science communications and the value of informational interviews.
» genestogenomes.org
Faculty, Educators, & Mentors
Nominate outstanding women in biological science for the FASEB Excellence in Science Award
Nominations are open for the FASEB Excellence in Science Award. Recipients are women whose career achievements have contributed significantly to further our understanding of a particular discipline by excellence in research.
» washingtonupdate.faseb.org
Urge US Congress to #RAISETHECAPS
Today is the last day of GSA partner Research!America’s social media campaign encouraging Congress to lift the austerity level budget caps established under the 2011 Budget Control Act. Without an agreement to lift these caps, the FY18 budget for science agencies will be constrained to a level even lower than in FY17.
» cqrcengage.com
Raise the Caps advocacy webinar
Join GSA partner FASEB on January 23 for the webinar “Capitol Hill Budget Update: Join the Fight to Raise the Caps.” Learn what researchers can do to urge Congress to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and other science agencies. Full registration information coming soon.
» washingtonupdate.faseb.org
Members in the News
This Worm Evolved Self-Fertilization and Lost a Quarter of Its DNA
Research by GSA members Eric Haag (University of Maryland), Erich Schwarz (Cornell University), and their colleagues was featured in the New York Times. They discovered that the self-fertile Caenorhabditis briggsae lost about 7000 genes since it diverged from C. nigoni a million years ago.
» nytimes.com
Congratulations to BioArt Contest winners
Congrats to creative GSA members Scott Chimileski, David Oppenheimer, and Rachel K. Miller, who are among the winners of this year’s FASEB BioArt Contest.
» faseb.org
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Progenity, Inc.

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Brown University

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University of Toronto

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Keck Graduate Institute
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