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.
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.
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.
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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.
Photo: EDNA, GIL AND AMIT CUKIERMAN, FOX CHASE CANCER CENTER, PHILADELPHIA