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Science is the pursuit of truth. What could be more clear-cut than that? Yet for today’s scientists, that search can be a winding, unsettling path through a constantly evolving landscape. Funding constraints, new trends and a growing emphasis on translation has investigators worrying there may be no place for them when the ground stops shaking. With their livelihoods hanging in the balance, they’re figuring out how to be adaptable and competitive, how to be open to eclectic partners and funding streams, and how to look at threats as opportunities to take science further than they imagined…


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A global reference for human genetic variation

The 1000 Genomes Project set out to provide a comprehensive description of common human genetic variation by applying whole-genome sequencing to a diverse set of individuals from multiple populations. Here we report completion of the project, having reconstructed the genomes of 2,504 individuals from 26 populations using a combination of low-coverage whole-genome sequencing, deep exome sequencing, and dense microarray genotyping.

Link: Nature

An integrated map of structural variation in 2,504 human genomes

Structural variants are implicated in numerous diseases and make up the majority of varying nucleotides among human genomes. Here we describe an integrated set of eight structural variant classes comprising both balanced and unbalanced variants, which we constructed using short-read DNA sequencing data and statistically phased onto haplotype blocks in 26 human populations.

Link: Nature

PHILADELPHIA — Mario R. Capecchi, PhD, will be honored for his tremendous scientific contributions, which have had a profound impact on the understanding of cancer, including his groundbreaking work in the development of gene targeting technology, with the 12th annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research at the AACR Annual Meeting 2015, to be held in Philadelphia, April 18-22.


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Please join me in congratulating Gab Kardon and colleagues on their beautiful work on diaphragm development published last week in Nature Genetics and highighted today in the New York Times by Carl Zimmer:

New York Times

Nature Genetics


Matt Barber and Dr. Nels Elde got a paper published in Science, called

“Escape from bacterial iron piracy through rapid evolution of transferrin”


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NYTimes Article featuring research from the article.

The Genetics Society of America has named University of Utah Research Associate Professor Louisa A. Stark as the recipient of this year’s Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education. The award recognizes Dr. Stark’s significant and sustained impact in genetics education.

According to the GSA the Jones Award is recognizes significant and sustained impact on genetics education. Recipients of the award have promoted greater exposure to and deeper understanding of genetics through distinguished teaching or mentoring, development of innovative pedagogical approaches or tools, design of new courses or curricula, national leadership, and/or public engagement and outreach. It is named for geneticist Elizabeth W. Jones, who was the first recipient of the GSA Excellence in Education Award in 2007…

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GSA Press Release.

A new site called algorithms for innovation features Lynn Jorde.


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An Article featuring an App created by Gabor Marth and team is on The Scope website for the University of Utah health Sciences Radio.

Please click on the links to read about this first of it’s kind application.


Healthcare public news release

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November 13th KSL.com article features Professors from the Human Genetics Department. they discussed recent funding cuts which will

eventually take a toll on research at the University of Utah. Click Here to see the article and view the video.