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NIH Record  
Vol. LXVI, No. 6
  March 14, 2014
NINDS Holds Conference to Set Parkinson’s Research Agenda
Gene Kelly Film Graces NLM Collection
NEI’s Perez-Gonzalez Meets Cool Host, Cruel Buzzer on Jeopardy!
NCI Hosts First-Ever Small Business Match-Making Event
NEI Pays Tribute to Founding Father Stein
Califf Lectures on Changing Landscapes of Clinical Trials, Pain
NIEHS Helps Launch Marine Biotechnology Facility
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Sans Earrings
Sen. Mikulski Returns to NIH, Delivers on Promise

Sen. Barbara Mikulski pledged to “work her earrings off” for NIH and returned to campus Feb. 24 to prove she’d done so.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski pledged to “work her earrings off” for NIH and returned to campus Feb. 24 to prove she’d done so.
At the time, it was considered an impossible dream: Stop automatic federal budget cuts to biomedical research. But when Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) came to NIH last year—just over 2 months into her chairmanship of the Senate appropriations committee and mere days before sequestration was set to begin—she vowed to do the impossible. Twelve months later, she delivered.

“You are the National Institutes of Hope,” she said in her return Feb. 24, stressing the nickname she’d given NIH during her last visit. “I stopped by to tell you we love you. We’re proud of you. America supports you and we want to do all we can in the federal law books and the federal checkbooks to let you be you!”

Mikulski gave NIH a brief update on “where we are and where we’re going,” and said she was not yet done fighting—not just for NIH, but also for the Food and Drug Administration, the National Science Foundation and for the entire federal science and technology enterprise.

Thinking Globally
Genomics Research Holds Key to Improving World Health

Genomics can help us dig for clues toward curing disease; the discipline also proved useful when digging up royal remains buried under a parking lot in England.

Last year, archaeologists unearthed the skeleton of King Richard III. The king was 32 when killed in battle in 1485 and legend said he had a hunchback. The exhumed skeleton was of a young man with severe scoliosis and massive head and face wounds, presumably from battle. But was it really Richard?

Dr. Turi King, a geneticist at the University of Leicester, U.K., has led the DNA analysis team that confirmed this most improbable discovery. Naturally, the DNA was fairly degraded, she said, so to be sure they had the right chap, they had to compare it with a living descendant. After genealogists located two of Richard’s maternal-line relatives, King’s team found that the DNA matched. King and her team are now getting ready to sequence Richard’s genome by extracting DNA from a sample of his bone. Deciphering Richard’s genetic code may offer clues about the late king’s health and ancestry.