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Genetics Society of America Honors Richard Lewontin with 2017 Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal

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The Genetics Society of America (GSA) is pleased to announce that Richard C. Lewontin, PhD is the 2017 recipient of the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal for lifetime achievement in the field of genetics. This award recognizes Lewontin’s extensive impact on our understanding of evolution, a broad and deep influence that has shaped the field. An unprecedented 160 distinguished biologists co-signed a letter of support to nominate Lewontin for the Morgan Medal. Lewontin is the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Emeritus and a Professor of Biology Emeritus in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.

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Dengue, Mosquito Borne Disease, mosquito control, dengue transmission

Most Dengue Infections Transmitted in and Around Home

Transmission of the mosquito-borne dengue virus appears to be largely driven by infections centered in and around the home, with the majority of cases related to one another occurring in people who live less than 200 meters apart, new research led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Florida suggests.

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Kimmel Cancer Center, Cristian Tomasetti, Bert Vogelstein, Cancer, DNA, mutatuons

New Study Finds That Most Cancer Mutations are Due to Random DNA Copying ‘Mistakes’

Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center scientists report data from a new study providing evidence that random, unpredictable DNA copying “mistakes” account for nearly two-thirds of the mutations that cause cancer. Their research is grounded on a novel mathematical model based on DNA sequencing and epidemiologic data from around the world.

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NASA, Hubble Space Telescope, Wide Field Camera 3, active galaxies, Quasars, 3C 186, Gravitational Waves, Black Holes

Gravitational Wave Kicks Monster Black Hole Out of Galactic Core

An international team of astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered a supermassive black hole that has been propelled out of the center of the distant galaxy 3C 186. The black hole was most likely ejected by the power of gravitational waves.

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Mercy Medical Center Now Baltimore Women’s Classic 5K Title Sponsor

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Charm City Run welcomes Mercy Medical Center as the official title sponsor of the Baltimore Women’s Classic, the largest all women’s 5K race in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Seth Margolis, Alzheimer’s, ephexin5 , Brain, Amyloid

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Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Liver Damage, Hepatitis, Statins, Statin Drugs, High Cholesterol, Fatty Liver, Physiology

Statins May Provide Treatment Alternative for Chronic Liver Disease

Statin drugs are widely used to manage high cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. But in a new review of more than 50 studies, researchers cite reductions in liver inflammation and improvements in other related factors as reasons why statins make good candidates for treating chronic liver disease.

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Predictability, Randomness, Deterministic, Deterministic Chaos, soil tilling, stick-slip dynamics, normalized deterministic nonlinear prediction (NDNP), Kenshi Sakai, Shrinivasa K. Upadhyaya, Pedro Andrade-Sanchez, Nina Sviridova, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, University of California, Davis, Meiji University, University Of Arizona

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Cancer, next generation sequencing, oncology panel validation, journal of molecular diagnostics

AMP Issues Best Practice Guidelines for Next-Generation Sequencing-Based Oncology Panel Validation

AMP has published consensus recommendations that will help clinical laboratory professionals achieve high-quality sequencing results and deliver better care for cancer patients

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Loss of Spouse or Partner to Suicide Linked to Physical, Mental Disorders

People who lose a partner to suicide are at increased risk for a number of mental and physical disorders, including cancer, depression, herniated discs and mood disorders than those in the general population, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests.







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