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NIH Record - 75th Anniversary - National Institutes of Health
Yellow, purple and red pollen grains have spikes on their surface

November 29, 2019

  • Hull smiles at Adeyemo as he begins his presentation in an NCI conference room.

    NIH Investigators Discuss Ethics of Ancestry Testing

    Perhaps an old family photo first sparked an interest, or a story passed down through generations. Whatever the impetus, millions of people are inquiring about their roots. Dr. Adebowale Adeyemo and Dr. Sara Chandros Hull discuss the ethics of ancestry testing at a recent NCI ENRICH Forum.
  • Hiring People with Disabilities Is a Win-Win

    Employers benefit when they hire people with disabilities, said Dr. Kathy Mann Koepke at the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’s first-ever “Cultivating Inclusion: Honoring NIH Champions and Allies of Disability” awards ceremony. Hiring people with disabilities is a win-win result for everyone, she noted.
  • Tim Tosten speaks

    Supervisors Support Employee Well-Being at Work

    Life is demanding. Luckily, NIH has programs and resources to help us with work-life balance. NIH, OPM panelists who encourage, and who themselves use, these resources discuss their experiences.
  • Dr. Smolke

    Smolke Describes Promise of RNA Sensors, Controllers

    Dr. Christina Smolke’s DeWitt Stetten Jr. Lecture on Oct. 23 was “a romp” through a kind of industrial-scale distillation of RNA sensors and controllers via various means. But there were a lot of “aptamer hammerhead bulges” to be negotiated along the course of the Stanford chemical engineering professor’s hour-long talk.
Yellow, purple and red pollen grains have spikes on their surface

On the Cover

Pollen grains: male germ cells in plants and a cause of seasonal allergies. People who get sneezy and itchy-eyed every spring or fall may have pollen grains, like those shown here, to blame. Pollen grains are released to fertilize the corresponding female plant parts. When they are instead inhaled into human nasal passages, they can trigger allergies.


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