What does a good microgrant proposal look like?
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by Guest Author
2d ago
GSA’s Starter Culture Microgrant Program provides up to $2,000 in funding to GSA members to support  new, impactful initiatives that will benefit the genetics community. This volunteer-driven program includes a quarterly proposal review process by the Microgrant Review Committee.  What is the committee looking for?  We fund small projects that can make a big difference to the genetics community. We get particularly excited by applications that come up with new ideas for community outreach.  A variety of projects can be funded, including summer camps, virtual presentations ..read more
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The first piece of the facial recognition puzzle
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by Guest Author
2d ago
Humans have an incredible ability to recognize friends and family members from far away. This cognitive function helps us find the one familiar face hidden among hundreds of unfamiliar ones; it also informs us about their attention or emotional state of mind. Those with face blindness, however, must rely on alternative cues to recognize familiar individuals. In a new study, published in the June issue of GENETICS, Sun et al. apply classical genetic mapping strategies to identify the first gene involved in recognizing faces. Face recognition relies on intricate neuronal processes that first id ..read more
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New Senior Editor Amy MacQueen joins GENETICS
Genetics Society of America | Genes to Genomes
by Editorial Staff
2w ago
Amy MacQueen Senior Editor, Genome Integrity and Transmission Amy MacQueen has a long-standing interest in the molecular mechanisms that facilitate the unique chromosome dynamics of meiosis. After substantial training in classical genetic and cytological approaches in Drosophila as an undergraduate in Dr. Tulle Hazelrigg’s lab at Columbia University, she turned to C. elegans for her PhD research. Working in Dr. Anne Villeneuve’s lab at Stanford University, Amy credits an elegant forward genetics screen developed by Anne, tremendous cytology offered by the worm germline, and brilliant colleag ..read more
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Beyond replication: how does parental age affect de novo mutation rates?
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by Editorial Staff
2w ago
When it comes to the potential causes of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it’s not just in your genes. Genomic variation beyond coding regions also plays a role, and researchers are looking more closely at short tandem repeats (STRs), a prominent source of genomic variability known for their high mutation rates. STRs are relatively understudied compared to single nucleotide variants (SNVs), the best-characterized genetic variants, and new research published by Goldberg et al. in the April issue of GENETICS explores the role of STRs in genomic evolution and the impact of parental age on de novo ..read more
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Block party on the zebrafish sex chromosome
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by Guest Author
3w ago
John Postlethwait is fascinated by how zebrafish offspring depend on their mom’s genome to get things started. In a study published in the May issue of G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, Postlethwait and co-author Catherine Wilson delve into the unique features of the zebrafish sex chromosome, identifying a maternal-to-zygotic-transition (MZT) gene regulatory block. Zebrafish females are either ZW or WW. ZZ zebrafish are always males, but some fish with a W can sex-reverse to become males. Although sex-biased gene selection is important for understanding characteristics such as sexual dimorphism, li ..read more
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Erica Larschan joins GENETICS as an associate editor
Genetics Society of America | Genes to Genomes
by Editorial Staff
3w ago
Erica Larschan Associate Editor, Experimental Technologies and Resources In Larschan’s lab, they are deciphering mechanisms of coordinate gene regulation which is a fundamental process essential to all cells from the germ line to the immune system to neurons. Their long-term goal is to define how genes are identified for coordinate regulation, the key initial step in their regulation. Dosage compensation is one of the best model systems for studying this process because all of the genes on a single chromosome are specifically identified and co-regulated. Drosophila, like mammals, increase th ..read more
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New associate editor, Carolyn Phillips, joins GENETICS
Genetics Society of America | Genes to Genomes
by Editorial Staff
1M ago
A new associate editor is joining GENETICS in the Gene Expression section. We’re excited to welcome Carolyn Phillips to the editorial team. Carolyn Phillips Associate Editor, Gene Expression Carolyn Phillips is an Associate Professor in Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California studying RNA silencing and gene regulation in C. elegans. She earned her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, working on the mechanisms of meiotic pairing and synapsis with Abby Dernburg. During her postdoc with Gary Ruvkun at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, sh ..read more
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Unraveling the mysteries of duckweed: epigenetic insights from Spirodela polyrhiza
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by Guest Author
1M ago
A formidable invader of freshwater bodies, duckweed’s ability to thrive in diverse environments is a remarkable display of resilience, especially considering its small genome size and lack of sexual reproduction. Duckweed—the common name for members of the Lemnaceae family of monocots—defies conventional reproductive norms through clonal propagation. New individuals sprout from a single parent, bypassing the need for sexual reproduction and allowing for the fast reproduction that underlies their invasiveness. Research recently published in G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics delves into DNA methylatio ..read more
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Balancing genetic privacy with open data in genomic research
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by Sejal Davla
1M ago
Genome-wide prediction and association studies offer a powerful approach to connecting genotype to phenotype at a large scale, but performing genomic analyses in humans invokes genomic privacy concerns that complicate the sharing of data. In a study published in the March issue of GENETICS, Zhao and colleagues expand an existing encryption approach, offering a secure avenue to perform genomic analysis without compromising confidentiality. In whole-genome analysis, such as genomic prediction and genome-wide association studies (GWAS), researchers use statistical methods to compare genetic vari ..read more
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Shedding light on heavy metal pollution with Elizabeth R. Everman
Genetics Society of America | Genes to Genomes
by Guest Author
1M ago
Elizabeth R. Everman, PhD Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma As a young scientist carrying out her first independent research project, Elizabeth Everman discovered the empowering feeling of becoming a subject expert, as well as the addictive pull of solving real-world scientific mysteries. Now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Oklahoma, Everman leads a research program that uses a combination of quantitative and evolutionary genetics approaches to study heavy metal stress resistance. Dr. Everman has published much of her research around copper ..read more
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