The advisory committee to the director (ACD) convened virtually for its 123rd meeting on Dec. 9-10. It was the fourth straight online-only session, due to the global pandemic. For 2 days the group learned of progress against some of the nation’s toughest issues. The session also featured a finale by Dr. Francis Collins, who stepped down as NIH director on Dec. 19.
A class of lipids named sphingolipids play an important, yet not well understood, role in how microbes interact with tissues in the gut, said Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, during a recent Judith H. Greenberg Early Career Investigator Lecture. “It’s been really exciting to understand how bacterial sphingolipids work and figure out their exact mechanisms [of action],” she said.
In March 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed two executive orders establishing both the Peace Corps and the effort that grew into the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). To mark the 60th anniversary for both service-oriented institutions, the Fogarty International Center recently hosted a virtual fireside chat with Carol Spahn, Peace Corps chief executive officer.
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CRISPR-Cas9 is a customizable tool that lets scientists cut and insert small pieces of DNA at precise areas along a DNA strand. This lets scientists study our genes in a specific, targeted way.