Posts tagged ‘funding’

Neuroscience

  1. Robie AA, Hirokawa J, Edwards AW, Umayam LA, Lee A, Phillips ML, Card GM, Korff W, Rubin GM, Simpson JH, Reiser MB, Branson K. Mapping the Neural Substrates of Behavior. Cell. 2017 Jul 13;170(2):393-406.e28. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2017.06.032. PubMed PMID: 28709004.
  2. Smith K. How to map the circuits that define us. Nature. 2017 Aug 9;548(7666):150-152. doi: 10.1038/548150a. PubMed PMID: 28796220.

Evolution

  1. Sousa AMM, Meyer KA, Santpere G, Gulden FO, Sestan N. Evolution of the Human Nervous System Function, Structure, and Development. Cell. 2017 Jul 13;170(2):226-247. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2017.06.036. Review. PubMed PMID: 28708995.

Genetics

  1. New concerns raised over value of genome-wide disease studies

Cell biology

  1. Biology of single cells shines a light on collaboration. Nature. 2017 Jul 5;547(7661):5. doi: 10.1038/547005a. PubMed PMID: 28682351.

Genomics

  1. Nagano T, Lubling Y, Várnai C, Dudley C, Leung W, Baran Y, Mendelson Cohen N, Wingett S, Fraser P, Tanay A. Cell-cycle dynamics of chromosomal organization at single-cell resolution. Nature. 2017 Jul 5;547(7661):61-67. doi: 10.1038/nature23001. PubMed PMID: 28682332.

Molecular Biology

  1. Lin YL, Pasero P. Transcription-Replication Conflicts: Orientation Matters. Cell. 2017 Aug 10;170(4):603-604. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2017.07.040. PubMed PMID: 28802036.

Genome editing

  1. Ma H, Marti-Gutierrez N, Park SW, Wu J, Lee Y, Suzuki K, Koski A, Ji D, Hayama T, Ahmed R, Darby H, Van Dyken C, Li Y, Kang E, Park AR, Kim D, Kim ST, Gong J, Gu Y, Xu X, Battaglia D, Krieg SA, Lee DM, Wu DH, Wolf DP, Heitner SB, Belmonte JCI, Amato P, Kim JS, Kaul S, Mitalipov S. Correction of a pathogenic gene mutation in human embryos. Nature. 2017 Aug 2. doi: 10.1038/nature23305. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28783728.

Genome editing

  1. Scheufele DA, Xenos MA, Howell EL, Rose KM, Brossard D, Hardy BW. U.S. attitudes on human genome editing. Science. 2017 Aug 11;357(6351):553-554. doi: 10.1126/science.aan3708. PubMed PMID: 28798120.
  2. Amitai G, Sorek R. Intracellular signaling in CRISPR-Cas defense. Science. 2017 Aug 11;357(6351):550-551. doi: 10.1126/science.aao2210. PubMed PMID: 28798118.
  3. Kazlauskiene M, Kostiuk G, Venclovas Č, Tamulaitis G, Siksnys V. A cyclic oligonucleotide signaling pathway in type III CRISPR-Cas systems. Science. 2017 Aug 11;357(6351):605-609. doi: 10.1126/science.aao0100. Epub 2017 Jun 29. PubMed PMID: 28663439.

Eye

  1. Madl T. Patchy proteins form a perfect lens. Science. 2017 Aug 11;357(6351):546-547. doi: 10.1126/science.aao1456. PubMed PMID: 28798115.
  2. Cai J, Townsend JP, Dodson TC, Heiney PA, Sweeney AM. Eye patches: Protein assembly of index-gradient squid lenses. Science. 2017 Aug 11;357(6351):564-569. doi: 10.1126/science.aal2674. PubMed PMID: 28798124.

Funding

  1. Levitt M, Levitt JM. Future of fundamental discovery in US biomedical research. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Jun 20;114(25):6498-6503. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1609996114. Epub 2017 Jun 5. PubMed PMID: 28584129; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5488913.

Behaviour

  1. Palmér T, Ek F, Enqvist O, Olsson R, Åström K, Petersson P. Action sequencing in the spontaneous swimming behavior of zebrafish larvae – implications for drug development. Sci Rep. 2017 Jun 9;7(1):3191. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-03144-7. PubMed PMID: 28600565; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5466685.
  2. Vliet SM, Ho TC, Volz DC. Behavioral screening of the LOPAC(1280) library in zebrafish embryos. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2017 Jun 13. pii: S0041-008X(17)30267-3. doi: 10.1016/j.taap.2017.06.011. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28623180.

Funding

  1. Kaiser J. NIH abandons grant cap, offers new help to younger scientists. Science. 2017 Jun 16;356(6343):1108. doi: 10.1126/science.356.6343.1108. PubMed PMID: 28619891.
  2. Wahls WP. NIH’s ineffective funding policies. Science. 2017 Jun 16;356(6343):1132-1133. doi: 10.1126/science.aan6504. PubMed PMID: 28619908.

Genetics

  1. Cassels L, Barde YA. Scaling pain threshold with microRNAs. Science. 2017 Jun 16;356(6343):1124-1125. doi: 10.1126/science.aan6784. PubMed PMID: 28619901.
  2. Peng C, Li L, Zhang MD, Bengtsson Gonzales C, Parisien M, Belfer I, Usoskin D, Abdo H, Furlan A, Häring M, Lallemend F, Harkany T, Diatchenko L, Hökfelt T, Hjerling-Leffler J, Ernfors P. miR-183 cluster scales mechanical pain sensitivity by regulating basal and neuropathic pain genes. Science. 2017 Jun 16;356(6343):1168-1171. doi: 10.1126/science.aam7671. Epub 2017 Jun 1. PubMed PMID: 28572455.

Genomics

  1. Shekhar K, Lapan SW, Whitney IE, Tran NM, Macosko EZ, Kowalczyk M, Adiconis X, Levin JZ, Nemesh J, Goldman M, McCarroll SA, Cepko CL, Regev A, Sanes JR. Comprehensive Classification of Retinal Bipolar Neurons by Single-Cell Transcriptomics. Cell. 2016 Aug 25;166(5):1308-1323.e30. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2016.07.054. PubMed PMID: 27565351; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5003425.

Vision

  1. Sabbah S, Gemmer JA, Bhatia-Lin A, Manoff G, Castro G, Siegel JK, Jeffery N, Berson DM. A retinal code for motion along the gravitational and body axes. Nature. 2017 Jun 7. doi: 10.1038/nature22818. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28607486.
  2. Demb JB, Clark DA. Vision: These retinas are made for walkin’. Nature. 2017 Jun 7. doi: 10.1038/nature22505. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28607483

Genome editing

  1. Stella S, Alcón P, Montoya G. Structure of the Cpf1 endonuclease R-loop complex after target DNA cleavage. Nature. 2017 May 31. doi: 10.1038/nature22398. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28562584.
  2. Palermo G, Miao Y, Walker RC, Jinek M, McCammon JA. CRISPR-Cas9 conformational activation as elucidated from enhanced molecular simulations. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Jun 26. pii: 201707645. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1707645114. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28652374.
  3. Shipman SL, Nivala J, Macklis JD, Church GM. CRISPR-Cas encoding of a digital movie into the genomes of a population of living bacteria. Nature. 2017 Jul 12. doi: 10.1038/nature23017. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28700573.

Stem cell

  1. Servick K. Stem cell approach for cataracts challenged. Science. 2017 Jun 30;356(6345):1318-1319. doi: 10.1126/science.356.6345.1318. PubMed PMID: 28663449.

Eye disease

  1. Servick K. Stem cell approach for cataracts challenged. Science. 2017 Jun 30;356(6345):1318-1319. doi: 10.1126/science.356.6345.1318. PubMed PMID: 28663449.

Ecology/Evolution

  1. Ceballos G, Ehrlich PR, Dirzo R. Biological annihilation via the ongoing sixth mass extinction signaled by vertebrate population losses and declines. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Jul 10. pii: 201704949. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1704949114. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28696295.
  2. Castiglione GM, Hauser FE, Liao BS, Lujan NK, Van Nynatten A, Morrow JM, Schott RK, Bhattacharyya N, Dungan SZ, Chang BSW. Evolution of nonspectral rhodopsin function at high altitudes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Jun 22. pii: 201705765. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1705765114. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28642345.

Imaging

  1. Hildebrand DGC, Cicconet M, Torres RM, Choi W, Quan TM, Moon J, Wetzel AW, Scott Champion A, Graham BJ, Randlett O, Plummer GS, Portugues R, Bianco IH, Saalfeld S, Baden AD, Lillaney K, Burns R, Vogelstein JT, Schier AF, Lee WA, Jeong WK, Lichtman JW, Engert F. Whole-brain serial-section electron microscopy in larval zebrafish. Nature. 2017 May 18;545(7654):345-349. doi: 10.1038/nature22356. Epub 2017 May 10. PubMed PMID: 28489821.

Neuroscience

  1. Ciabatti E, González-Rueda A, Mariotti L, Morgese F, Tripodi M. Life-Long Genetic and Functional Access to Neural Circuits Using Self-Inactivating Rabies Virus. Cell. 2017 Jul 1. pii: S0092-8674(17)30697-9. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2017.06.014. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28689641.

Genome editing

  1. Braun CJ, Bruno PM, Horlbeck MA, Gilbert LA, Weissman JS, Hemann MT. Versatile in vivo regulation of tumor phenotypes by dCas9-mediated transcriptional perturbation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Jun 20. pii: 201600582. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27325776.

Regeneration

  1. Neves J, Zhu J, Sousa-Victor P, Konjikusic M, Riley R, Chew S, Qi Y, Jasper H, Lamba DA. Immune modulation by MANF promotes tissue repair and regenerative success in the retina. Science. 2016 Jul 1;353(6294):aaf3646. doi: 10.1126/science.aaf3646. PubMed PMID: 27365452.

Genomics

  1. Ståhl PL, Salmén F, Vickovic S, Lundmark A, Navarro JF, Magnusson J, Giacomello S, Asp M, Westholm JO, Huss M, Mollbrink A, Linnarsson S, Codeluppi S, Borg Å, Pontén F, Costea PI, Sahlén P, Mulder J, Bergmann O, Lundeberg J, Frisén J. Visualization and analysis of gene expression in tissue sections by spatial transcriptomics. Science. 2016 Jul 1;353(6294):78-82. doi: 10.1126/science.aaf2403. PubMed PMID: 27365449.
  2. Wu J, Huang B, Chen H, Yin Q, Liu Y, Xiang Y, Zhang B, Liu B, Wang Q, Xia W, Li W, Li Y, Ma J, Peng X, Zheng H, Ming J, Zhang W, Zhang J, Tian G, Xu F, Chang Z, Na J, Yang X, Xie W. The landscape of accessible chromatin in mammalian preimplantation embryos. Nature. 2016 Jun 15;534(7609):652-657. doi: 10.1038/nature18606. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27309802.

Development

  1. Wu J, Huang B, Chen H, Yin Q, Liu Y, Xiang Y, Zhang B, Liu B, Wang Q, Xia W, Li W, Li Y, Ma J, Peng X, Zheng H, Ming J, Zhang W, Zhang J, Tian G, Xu F, Chang Z, Na J, Yang X, Xie W. The landscape of accessible chromatin in mammalian preimplantation embryos. Nature. 2016 Jun 15;534(7609):652-657. doi: 10.1038/nature18606. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27309802.

Funding

  1. von Hippel T, von Hippel C. To apply or not to apply: a survey analysis of grant writing costs and benefits. PLoS One. 2015 Mar 4;10(3):e0118494. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118494. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 25738742; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4349454.

				

Genomics

  1. Bintu L, Yong J, Antebi YE, McCue K, Kazuki Y, Uno N, Oshimura M, Elowitz MB. Dynamics of epigenetic regulation at the single-cell level. Science. 2016 Feb 12;351(6274):720-4. doi: 10.1126/science.aab2956. PubMed PMID: 26912859.
    • Commentary: Keung AJ, Khalil AS. MOLECULAR BIOLOGY. A unifying model of epigenetic regulation. Science. 2016 Feb 12;351(6274):661-2. doi: 10.1126/science.aaf1647. PubMed PMID: 26912843.
  2. Cahan P. Enabling direct fate conversion with network biology. Nat Genet. 2016 Feb 24;48(3):226-7. doi: 10.1038/ng.3516. PubMed PMID: 26906680.
  3. Rackham OJ, Firas J, Fang H, Oates ME, Holmes ML, Knaupp AS; FANTOM Consortium, Suzuki H, Nefzger CM, Daub CO, Shin JW, Petretto E, Forrest AR, Hayashizaki Y, Polo JM, Gough J. A predictive computational framework for direct reprogramming between human cell types. Nat Genet. 2016 Jan 18. doi: 10.1038/ng.3487. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26780608.
  4. Savova V, Chun S, Sohail M, McCole RB, Witwicki R, Gai L, Lenz TL, Wu CT, Sunyaev SR, Gimelbrant AA. Genes with monoallelic expression contribute disproportionately to genetic diversity in humans. Nat Genet. 2016 Jan 25. doi: 10.1038/ng.3493. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26808112.
  5. Gusev A, Ko A, Shi H, Bhatia G, Chung W, Penninx BW, Jansen R, de Geus EJ, Boomsma DI, Wright FA, Sullivan PF, Nikkola E, Alvarez M, Civelek M, Lusis AJ, Lehtimäki T, Raitoharju E, Kähönen M, Seppälä I, Raitakari OT, Kuusisto J, Laakso M, Price AL, Pajukanta P, Pasaniuc B. Integrative approaches for large-scale transcriptome-wide association studies. Nat Genet. 2016 Feb 8. doi: 10.1038/ng.3506. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26854917.

Development

  1. Aggarwal V, Dickinson RB, Lele TP. Concentration Sensing by the Moving Nucleus in Cell Fate Determination: A Computational Analysis. PLoS One. 2016 Feb 12;11(2):e0149213. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149213. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 26872214.
  2. Rackham OJ, Firas J, Fang H, Oates ME, Holmes ML, Knaupp AS; FANTOM Consortium, Suzuki H, Nefzger CM, Daub CO, Shin JW, Petretto E, Forrest AR, Hayashizaki Y, Polo JM, Gough J. A predictive computational framework for direct reprogramming between human cell types. Nat Genet. 2016 Jan 18. doi: 10.1038/ng.3487. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26780608.

Molecular Biology

  1. Burgers PM, Gordenin D, Kunkel TA. Who Is Leading the Replication Fork, Pol ε or Pol δ? Mol Cell. 2016 Feb 18;61(4):492-3. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2016.01.017. PubMed PMID: 26895421.
  2. Johnson RE, Klassen R, Prakash L, Prakash S. Response to Burgers et al. Mol Cell. 2016 Feb 18;61(4):494-5. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2016.01.018. PubMed PMID: 26895422.

Funding

  1.  Vachelard J, Gambarra-Soares T, Augustini G, Riul P, Maracaja-Coutinho V. A Guide to Scientific Crowdfunding. PLoS Biol. 2016 Feb 17;14(2):e1002373. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002373. eCollection 2016 Feb. PubMed PMID: 26886064.

Genome editing

  1. Tai DJ, Ragavendran A, Manavalan P, Stortchevoi A, Seabra CM, Erdin S, Collins RL, Blumenthal I, Chen X, Shen Y, Sahin M, Zhang C, Lee C, Gusella JF, Talkowski ME. Engineering microdeletions and microduplications by targeting segmental duplications with CRISPR. Nat Neurosci. 2016 Feb 1. doi: 10.1038/nn.4235. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26829649.

Behaviour

  1. Scott CA, Marsden AN, Slusarski DC. Automated, high-throughput, in vivo analysis of visual function using the zebrafish. Dev Dyn. 2016 Feb 18. doi: 10.1002/dvdy.24398. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26890697.

Stem cells

  1. Fatehullah A, Tan SH, Barker N. Organoids as an in vitro model of human development and disease. Nat Cell Biol. 2016 Feb 25;18(3):246-54. doi: 10.1038/ncb3312. Review. PubMed PMID: 26911908.
  2. Wang Y, Gao S. Human Naive Embryonic Stem Cells: How Full Is the Glass? Cell Stem Cell. 2016 Mar 3;18(3):301-3. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2016.02.012. PubMed PMID: 26942847.
  3. Pastor WA, Chen D, Liu W, Kim R, Sahakyan A, Lukianchikov A, Plath K, Jacobsen SE, Clark AT. Naive Human Pluripotent Cells Feature a Methylation Landscape Devoid of Blastocyst or Germline Memory. Cell Stem Cell. 2016 Mar 3;18(3):323-9. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2016.01.019. Epub 2016 Feb 4. PubMed PMID: 26853856; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4779431.
  4. Passier R, Orlova V, Mummery C. Complex Tissue and Disease Modeling using hiPSCs. Cell Stem Cell. 2016 Mar 3;18(3):309-21. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2016.02.011. Review. PubMed PMID: 26942851.
  5. Orlova V, Mummery C. SnapShot: Key Advances in hiPSC Disease Modeling. Cell Stem Cell. 2016 Mar 3;18(3):422. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2016.02.013. PubMed PMID: 26942854.
  6. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol; Focus on: Pluripotent Stem cells

Medicine

  1. Peplow M. Synthetic biology’s first malaria drug meets market resistance. Nature. 2016 Feb 25;530(7591):389-90. doi: 10.1038/530390a. PubMed PMID: 26911755.

Genome editing

  1. Hayes RP, Xiao Y, Ding F, van Erp PB, Rajashankar K, Bailey S, Wiedenheft B, Ke A. Structural basis for promiscuous PAM recognition in type I-E Cascade from E. coli. Nature. 2016 Feb 10. doi: 10.1038/nature16995. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26863189.

Population Genetics

  1. Balaresque P, Poulet N, Cussat-Blanc S, Gerard P, Quintana-Murci L, Heyer E, Jobling MA. Y-chromosome descent clusters and male differential reproductive success: young lineage expansions dominate Asian pastoral nomadic populations. Eur J Hum Genet. 2015 Jan 14. doi: 10.1038/ejhg.2014.285. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25585703.

Evolution

  1. Head JJ, Polly PD. Evolution of the snake body form reveals homoplasy in amniote Hox gene function. Nature. 2015 Jan 5. doi: 10.1038/nature14042. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25539083.
  2. Lewis SL, Maslin MA. Defining the anthropocene. Nature. 2015 Mar 12;519(7542):171-80. doi: 10.1038/nature14258. PubMed PMID: 25762280.

Research Career

  1. 10 things not enough kids know before going to college
  2. Powell K. The future of the postdoc. Nature. 2015 Apr 9;520(7546):144-7. doi: 10.1038/520144a. PubMed PMID: 25855437.
  3. Will declining funding stunt scientific discovery in the U.S.?
  4. Who Picks Up the Tab for Science?

Imaging

  1. Chen F, Tillberg PW, Boyden ES. Optical imaging. Expansion microscopy. Science. 2015 Jan 30;347(6221):543-8. doi: 10.1126/science.1260088. Epub 2015 Jan 15. PubMed PMID: 25592419; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4312537.

Medicine

  1. Leinenga G, Götz J. Scanning ultrasound removes amyloid-β and restores memory in an Alzheimer’s disease mouse model. Sci Transl Med. 2015 Mar 11;7(278):278ra33. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaa2512. PubMed PMID: 25761889.
    1. New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function
  2. Kawchuk GN, Fryer J, Jaremko JL, Zeng H, Rowe L, Thompson R. Real-time visualization of joint cavitation. PLoS One. 2015 Apr 15;10(4):e0119470. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0119470. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 25875374; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4398549.
  3. Ganna A, Ingelsson E. 5 year mortality predictors in 498 103 UK Biobank participants: a prospective population-based study. Lancet. 2015 Jun 2. pii: S0140-6736(15)60175-1. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60175-1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26049253.

Medicine/Prosthetics

  1. Men have hands amputated and replaced with bionic ones
  2. Lab In Berkeley Accidentally Discovers Solution To Fix Color Blindness

Chemistry

  1. This Chemistry 3D Printer Can Synthesize Molecules From Scratch

Genomics

  1. Ji X, Dadon DB, Abraham BJ, Lee TI, Jaenisch R, Bradner JE, Young RA. Chromatin proteomic profiling reveals novel proteins associated with histone-marked genomic regions. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Mar 9. pii: 201502971. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25755260.
  2. Chen KH, Boettiger AN, Moffitt JR, Wang S, Zhuang X. Spatially resolved, highly multiplexed RNA profiling in single cells. Science. 2015 Apr 9. pii: aaa6090. PubMed PMID: 25858977.

General

  1. Baden T, Chagas AM, Gage G, Marzullo T, Prieto-Godino LL, Euler T. Open labware: 3-d printing your own lab equipment. PLoS Biol. 2015 Mar 20;13(3):e1002086. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002086. eCollection 2015 Mar. PubMed PMID: 25794301.

Development

  1. Campbell PD, Chao JA, Singer RH, Marlow FL. Dynamic visualization of transcription and RNA subcellular localization in zebrafish. Development. 2015 Mar 10. pii: dev.118968. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25758462.
  2. Green JB, Sharpe J. Positional information and reaction-diffusion: two big ideas in developmental biology combine. Development. 2015 Apr 1;142(7):1203-1211. Review. PubMed PMID: 25804733.
  3. Wu F, Kaczynski TJ, Sethuramanujam S, Li R, Jain V, Slaughter M, Mu X. Two transcription factors, Pou4f2 and Isl1, are sufficient to specify the retinal ganglion cell fate. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Mar 16. pii: 201421535. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25775587.
  4. Nern A, Pfeiffer BD, Rubin GM. Optimized tools for multicolor stochastic labeling reveal diverse stereotyped cell arrangements in the fly visual system.Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 May 11. pii: 201506763. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25964354.

Neuroscience

  1. Lichtman JW, Pfister H, Shavit N. The big data challenges of connectomics. Nat Neurosci. 2014 Nov;17(11):1448-54. doi: 10.1038/nn.3837. Epub 2014 Oct 28. Review. PubMed PMID: 25349911.
  2. Hayworth KJ, Xu CS, Lu Z, Knott GW, Fetter RD, Tapia JC, Lichtman JW, Hess HF.
    Ultrastructurally smooth thick partitioning and volume stitching for large-scale connectomics. Nat Methods. 2015 Apr;12(4):319-22. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.3292. Epub 2015 Feb 16. PubMed PMID: 25686390; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4382383.
  3. Madabhushi R, Gao F, Pfenning AR, Pan L, Yamakawa S, Seo J, Rueda R, Phan TX, Yamakawa H, Pao PC, Stott RT, Gjoneska E, Nott A, Cho S, Kellis M, Tsai LH. Activity-Induced DNA Breaks Govern the Expression of Neuronal Early-Response Genes. Cell. 2015 Jun 18;161(7):1592-605. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2015.05.032. Epub 2015 Jun 4. PubMed PMID: 26052046.

Genetics/Genome Editing

  1. Yin L, Maddison LA, Li M, Kara N, LaFave MC, Varshney GK, Burgess SM, Patton JG, Chen W. Multiplex Conditional Mutagenesis Using Transgenic Expression of Cas9 and sgRNAs. Genetics. 2015 Apr 8. pii: genetics.115.176917. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25855067.
  2. Gonzales AP, Yeh JR. Cas9-based genome editing in zebrafish. Methods Enzymol. 2014;546:377-413. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-801185-0.00018-0. PubMed PMID: 25398350.
  3. Shah AN, Davey CF, Whitebirch AC, Miller AC, Moens CB. Rapid reverse genetic screening using CRISPR in zebrafish. Nat Methods. 2015 Jun;12(6):535-40. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.3360. Epub 2015 Apr 13. PubMed PMID: 25867848.
  4. Dow LE, Fisher J, O’Rourke KP, Muley A, Kastenhuber ER, Livshits G, Tschaharganeh DF, Socci ND, Lowe SW. Inducible in vivo genome editing with CRISPR-Cas9. Nat Biotechnol. 2015 Apr;33(4):390-4. doi: 10.1038/nbt.3155. Epub 2015 Feb 18. PubMed PMID: 25690852; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4390466.

Nature’s special on “Challenges in irreproducible research”

Human Behaviour/Psychology

  1. Kramer AD, Guillory JE, Hancock JT. Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jun 17;111(24):8788-90. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1320040111. Epub 2014 Jun 2. PubMed PMID: 24889601.

Retinal development

  1. Hoon M, Okawa H, Della Santina L, Wong RO. Functional Architecture of the Retina: Development and Disease. Prog Retin Eye Res. 2014 Jun 28. pii: S1350-9462(14)00038-X. doi: 10.1016/j.preteyeres.2014.06.003. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 24984227.

Stem cells

  1. Ksander BR, Kolovou PE, Wilson BJ, Saab KR, Guo Q, Ma J, McGuire SP, Gregory MS, Vincent WJ, Perez VL, Cruz-Guilloty F, Kao WW, Call MK, Tucker BA, Zhan Q, Murphy GF, Lathrop KL, Alt C, Mortensen LJ, Lin CP, Zieske JD, Frank MH, Frank NY. ABCB5 is a limbal stem cell gene required for corneal development and repair. Nature. 2014 Jul 17;511(7509):353-7. doi: 10.1038/nature13426. Epub 2014 Jul 2. PubMed PMID: 25030174.
  2. Tsai SQ, Joung JK. What’s Changed with Genome Editing? Cell Stem Cell. 2014 Jul 3;15(1):3-4. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2014.06.017. PubMed PMID: 24996161.
  3. Veres A, Gosis BS, Ding Q, Collins R, Ragavendran A, Brand H, Erdin S, Talkowski ME, Musunuru K. Low Incidence of Off-Target Mutations in Individual CRISPR-Cas9 and TALEN Targeted Human Stem Cell Clones Detected by Whole-Genome Sequencing. Cell Stem Cell. 2014 Jul 3;15(1):27-30. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2014.04.020. PubMed PMID: 24996167; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4082799.
  4. Smith C, Gore A, Yan W, Abalde-Atristain L, Li Z, He C, Wang Y, Brodsky RA, Zhang K, Cheng L, Ye Z. Whole-Genome Sequencing Analysis Reveals High Specificity of CRISPR/Cas9 and TALEN-Based Genome Editing in Human iPSCs. Cell Stem Cell. 2014 Jul 3;15(1):12-3. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2014.06.011. PubMed PMID: 24996165.
  5. Suzuki K, Yu C, Qu J, Li M, Yao X, Yuan T, Goebl A, Tang S, Ren R, Aizawa E, Zhang F, Xu X, Soligalla RD, Chen F, Kim J, Kim NY, Liao HK, Benner C, Esteban CR, Jin Y, Liu GH, Li Y, Izpisua Belmonte JC. Targeted gene correction minimally impacts whole-genome mutational load in human-disease-specific induced pluripotent stem cell clones. Cell Stem Cell. 2014 Jul 3;15(1):31-6. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2014.06.016. PubMed PMID: 24996168.
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Eye disease treatment

  1. Jepson LH, Hottowy P, Weiner GA, Dabrowski W, Litke AM, Chichilnisky EJ. High-fidelity reproduction of spatiotemporal visual signals for retinal prosthesis. Neuron. 2014 Jul 2;83(1):87-92. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.04.044. Epub 2014 Jun 5. PubMed PMID: 24910077.
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Funding

  1. Resnick A. Systemic addiction to research funding. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jul 1;111(26):E2634. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1407369111. Epub 2014 Jun 11. PubMed PMID: 24920596.
  2. Alberts B, Kirschner MW, Tilghman S, Varmus H. Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Apr 22;111(16):5773-7. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1404402111. Epub 2014 Apr 14. PubMed PMID: 24733905; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4000813.

Research Career

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Systems Biology

  1. Bruggner RV, Bodenmiller B, Dill DL, Tibshirani RJ, Nolan GP. Automated identification of stratifying signatures in cellular subpopulations. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jul 1;111(26):E2770-7. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1408792111. Epub 2014 Jun 16. PubMed PMID: 24979804.

Genomics/ Sequencing

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  2. Tilgner H, Grubert F, Sharon D, Snyder MP. Defining a personal, allele-specific, and single-molecule long-read transcriptome. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jul 8;111(27):9869-74. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1400447111. Epub 2014 Jun
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Genome editing

  1. Sheridan C. First CRISPR-Cas patent opens race to stake out intellectual property. Nat Biotechnol. 2014 Jul 8;32(7):599-601. doi: 10.1038/nbt0714-599. PubMed PMID: 25004207.
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  4. Tsai SQ, Joung JK. What’s Changed with Genome Editing? Cell Stem Cell. 2014 Jul 3;15(1):3-4. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2014.06.017. PubMed PMID: 24996161.
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  8. Kiskinis E, Sandoe J, Williams LA, Boulting GL, Moccia R, Wainger BJ, Han S, Peng T, Thams S, Mikkilineni S, Mellin C, Merkle FT, Davis-Dusenbery BN, Ziller M, Oakley D, Ichida J, Di Costanzo S, Atwater N, Maeder ML, Goodwin MJ, Nemesh J, Handsaker RE, Paull D, Noggle S, McCarroll SA, Joung JK, Woolf CJ, Brown RH, Eggan K. Pathways Disrupted in Human ALS Motor Neurons Identified through Genetic Correction of Mutant SOD1. Cell Stem Cell. 2014 Jun 5;14(6):781-95. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2014.03.004. Epub 2014 Apr 3. PubMed PMID: 24704492.
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Neuroscience

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Genetics

  1. Korf I. Genomics: the state of the art in RNA-seq analysis. Nat Methods. 2013 Nov 26;10(12):1165-6. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.2735. PubMed PMID: 24296473.
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  4. Hnisz D, Abraham BJ, Lee TI, Lau A, Saint-André V, Sigova AA, Hoke HA, Young RA. Super-enhancers in the control of cell identity and disease. Cell. 2013 Nov 7;155(4):934-47. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2013.09.053. Epub 2013 Oct 10. PubMed PMID: 24119843; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3841062.
  5. Collins FS, Hamburg MA. First FDA authorization for next-generation sequencer. N Engl J Med. 2013 Dec 19;369(25):2369-71. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp1314561. Epub 2013 Nov 19. PubMed PMID: 24251383.

Imaging

  1. Chen B, Gilbert LA, Cimini BA, Schnitzbauer J, Zhang W, Li GW, Park J, Blackburn EH, Weissman JS, Qi LS, Huang B. Dynamic Imaging of Genomic Loci in Living Human Cells by an Optimized CRISPR/Cas System. Cell. 2013 Dec 19;155(7):1479-91. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2013.12.001. PubMed PMID: 24360272.
  2. Ma H, Reyes-Gutierrez P, Pederson T. Visualization of repetitive DNA sequences in human chromosomes with transcription activator-like effectors. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Dec 9. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24324157.
  3. Elia N, Ott C, Lippincott-Schwartz J. Incisive imaging and computation for cellular mysteries: lessons from abscission. Cell. 2013 Dec 5;155(6):1220-31. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2013.11.011. PubMed PMID: 24315094.
  4. Marx V. Is super-resolution microscopy right for you? Nat Methods. 2013 Nov 26;10(12):1157-63. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.2756. PubMed PMID: 24296472.

Genome editing

  1. Auer TO, Duroure K, De Cian A, Concordet JP, Del Bene F. Highly efficient CRISPR/Cas9-mediated knock-in in zebrafish by homology-independent DNA repair. Genome Res. 2013 Dec 2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24179142.
  2. Ran FA, Hsu PD, Wright J, Agarwala V, Scott DA, Zhang F. Genome engineering using the CRISPR-Cas9 system. Nat Protoc. 2013 Nov;8(11):2281-308. doi: 10.1038/nprot.2013.143. Epub 2013 Oct 24. PubMed PMID: 24157548.
  3. Cradick TJ, Fine EJ, Antico CJ, Bao G. CRISPR/Cas9 systems targeting ß-globin and CCR5 genes have substantial off-target activity. Nucleic Acids Res. 2013 Nov 1;41(20):9584-92. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkt714. Epub 2013 Aug 11. PubMed PMID: 23939622; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3814385.
  4. Zu Y, Tong X, Wang Z, Liu D, Pan R, Li Z, Hu Y, Luo Z, Huang P, Wu Q, Zhu Z, Zhang B, Lin S. TALEN-mediated precise genome modification by homologous recombination in zebrafish. Nat Methods. 2013 Apr;10(4):329-31. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.2374. Epub 2013 Feb 24. PubMed PMID: 23435258.

Gene regulatory network

  1. Fuxman Bass JI, Diallo A, Nelson J, Soto JM, Myers CL, Walhout AJ. Using networks to measure similarity between genes: association index selection. Nat Methods. 2013 Nov 26;10(12):1169-76. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.2728. PubMed PMID:24296474.

Genomics/Systems biology

  1. Monk JM, Charusanti P, Aziz RK, Lerman JA, Premyodhin N, Orth JD, Feist AM, Palsson BØ. Genome-scale metabolic reconstructions of multiple Escherichia coli strains highlight strain-specific adaptations to nutritional environments. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Dec 10;110(50):20338-43. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1307797110. Epub 2013 Nov 25. PubMed PMID: 24277855.
  2. Zhang Y, Wong CH, Birnbaum RY, Li G, Favaro R, Ngan CY, Lim J, Tai E, Poh HM, Wong E, Mulawadi FH, Sung WK, Nicolis S, Ahituv N, Ruan Y, Wei CL. Chromatin connectivity maps reveal dynamic promoter-enhancer long-range associations. Nature. 2013 Dec 12;504(7479):306-10. doi: 10.1038/nature12716. Epub 2013 Nov 10. PubMed PMID: 24213634.
  3. Markson JS, Piechura JR, Puszynska AM, O’Shea EK. Circadian Control of Global Gene Expression by the Cyanobacterial Master Regulator RpaA. Cell. 2013 Dec 5;155(6):1396-408. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2013.11.005. PubMed PMID: 24315105.

Zebrafish

  1. Xu C, Tabebordbar M, Iovino S, Ciarlo C, Liu J, Castiglioni A, Price E, Liu M, Barton ER, Kahn CR, Wagers AJ, Zon LI. A Zebrafish Embryo Culture System Defines Factors that Promote Vertebrate Myogenesis across Species. Cell. 2013 Nov 7;155(4):909-21. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2013.10.023. PubMed PMID: 24209627.
  2. Wilkinson RN, Elworthy S, Ingham PW, van Eeden FJ. A method for high-throughput PCR-based genotyping of larval zebrafish tail biopsies. Biotechniques. 2013 Dec;55(6):314-6. doi: 10.2144/000114116. PubMed PMID: 24344681.
  3. Maaswinkel H, Zhu L, Weng W. Using an Automated 3D-tracking System to Record Individual and Shoals of Adult Zebrafish. J Vis Exp. 2013 Dec 5;(82). doi: 10.3791/50681. PubMed PMID: 24336189.

Evolution

  1. Williams TA, Foster PG, Cox CJ, Embley TM. An archaeal origin of eukaryotes supports only two primary domains of life. Nature. 2013 Dec 12;504(7479):231-6. doi: 10.1038/nature12779. PubMed PMID: 24336283.

Development

  1. Kearns NA, Genga RM, Enuameh MS, Garber M, Wolfe SA, Maehr R. Cas9 effector-mediated regulation of transcription and differentiation in human pluripotent stem cells. Development. 2014 Jan;141(1):219-23. doi: 10.1242/dev.103341. PubMed PMID: 24346702.
  2. Koyanagi-Aoi M, Ohnuki M, Takahashi K, Okita K, Noma H, Sawamura Y, Teramoto I, Narita M, Sato Y, Ichisaka T, Amano N, Watanabe A, Morizane A, Yamada Y, Sato T, Takahashi J, Yamanaka S. Differentiation-defective phenotypes revealed by large-scale analyses of human pluripotent stem cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Nov 20. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24259714.
  3. Plouhinec JL, Zakin L, Moriyama Y, De Robertis EM. Chordin forms a self-organizing morphogen gradient in the extracellular space between ectoderm and mesoderm in the Xenopus embryo. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Nov 27. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24284174.
  4. Tan L, Zong C, Xie XS. Rare event of histone demethylation can initiate singular gene expression of olfactory receptors. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Dec 16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24344257.

Retina

  1. Weber A, Hochmann S, Cimalla P, Gärtner M, Kuscha V, Hans S, Geffarth M, Kaslin J, Koch E, Brand M. Characterization of light lesion paradigms and optical coherence tomography as tools to study adult retina regeneration in zebrafish. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 26;8(11):e80483. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080483. PubMed PMID: 24303018; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3841302.

Funding

  1. Mervis J, Malakoff D. Science funding. U.S. budget deal offers researchers some sequester relief. Science. 2013 Dec 20;342(6165):1426-7. doi: 10.1126/science.342.6165.1426. PubMed PMID: 24357280.

Medicine

  1. Johnson SC, Yanos ME, Kayser EB, Quintana A, Sangesland M, Castanza A, Uhde L, Hui J, Wall VZ, Gagnidze A, Oh K, Wasko BM, Ramos FJ, Palmiter RD, Rabinovitch PS, Morgan PG, Sedensky MM, Kaeberlein M. mTOR inhibition alleviates mitochondrial disease in a mouse model of Leigh syndrome. Science. 2013 Dec 20;342(6165):1524-8. doi: 10.1126/science.1244360. Epub 2013 Nov 14. PubMed PMID: 24231806.
    • Vafai SB, Mootha VK. Medicine. A common pathway for a rare disease? Science. 2013 Dec 20;342(6165):1453-4. doi: 10.1126/science.1248449. PubMed PMID: 24357304.

Biochemistry

  1. Xie XS. Biochemistry. Enzyme kinetics, past and present. Science. 2013 Dec 20;342(6165):1457-9. doi: 10.1126/science.1248859. PubMed PMID: 24357307.

Neuroscience

  1. Cai D, Cohen KB, Luo T, Lichtman JW, Sanes JR. Improved tools for the Brainbow toolbox. Nat Methods. 2013 May 5;10(6):540-7. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.2450. Epub 2013 May 5. PubMed PMID: 23817127.
  2. Pan YA, Freundlich T, Weissman TA, Schoppik D, Wang XC, Zimmerman S, Ciruna B, Sanes JR, Lichtman JW, Schier AF. Zebrabow: multispectral cell labeling for cell tracing and lineage analysis in zebrafish. Development. 2013 Jul;140(13):2835-46. doi: 10.1242/dev.094631. PubMed PMID: 23757414; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3678346.
    1. Blog post by the first author: Red fish, blue fish, Brainbow fish!

Eye disease

  1. Berger W, Kloeckener-Gruissem B, Neidhardt J. The molecular basis of human retinal and vitreoretinal diseases. Prog Retin Eye Res. 2010 Sep;29(5):335-75. doi: 10.1016/j.preteyeres.2010.03.004. Epub 2010 Mar 31. Review. PubMed PMID: 20362068.
  2. Dalkara D, Byrne LC, Klimczak RR, Visel M, Yin L, Merigan WH, Flannery JG, Schaffer DV. In vivo-directed evolution of a new adeno-associated virus for therapeutic outer retinal gene delivery from the vitreous. Sci Transl Med. 2013 Jun 12;5(189):189ra76. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3005708. PubMed PMID: 23761039.
    1. News coverage: Genes Get in Your Eye.

Genetics

  1. A collection of seminal papers on CRISPR-CAS
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Funding

  1. Fortin JM, Currie DJ. Big Science vs. Little Science: How Scientific Impact Scales with Funding. PLoS One. 2013 Jun 19;8(6):e65263. Print 2013. PubMed PMID: 23840323; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3686789.

Philosophy of science

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Stem cells

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    1. News coverage: Scientists create human embryos to make stem cells

A colleague at Purdue puts it in perspective in a Bloomberg News article:  College Costs Rise With $250,000-a-Year Bureaucrats

“Why is it that we can’t find any money for more faculty, but there seems to be an almost unlimited budget for administrators?” asks J. Paul Robinson, a Purdue University professor of biomedical engineering and chairman of the school’s faculty senate. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Having a good science education is essential for all of us, because that trains one’s critical thinking; while asking a lot more students to join the field is a whole different issue. A number of factors comes into play for one to decide whether he would want to pursue this career, including one’s personality, dedication, and perhaps most importantly, financial status and career aspiration. As a teacher for many students who has spent a few more years than them and has gone through some of these thinking exercises, I believe it is rather important to let students know about the reality of the career path in research rather than telling them a rosy story and blindly motivating them. To me that is just like an academic Ponzi scheme.

Here is a great article “U.S. pushes for more scientists, but the jobs aren’t there” about the situation (once again), by Brian Vastag from the Washington Post:

That reality runs counter to messages sent by President Obama and the National Science Foundation and other influential groups, who in recent years have called for U.S. universities to churn out more scientists.

What worries me the most during the counseling of younger students, is that many think they study well, can get good grades and hence going to graduate school is a natural choice. My typical response is that “you don’t want to go to graduate school”. Don’t get me wrong. I am very enthusiastic in training students and motivate them about the excitements of scientific discoveries and thinking. However, I often see students, friends and colleagues who have good heart and can study well but ended up getting frustrated about the situation when they are a bit older and have more family obligations. I often give students a few analogies to help their planning.  Here is of them, compare pursuing research as a career to pursuing performing arts (or artists or TV stars, you get the idea) as a career. Don’t just look at the successful ones for inspiration and commit yourself to the path. Also look at the ones that have to struggle for survival. If you like that kind of sacrifice for you and your family and uncertainties for the career satisfaction, may be pursuing research as a career is good for you. In other words, pursuing research as a career requires not only the smartest minds, but also the strongest dedication and good financial flexibility. Unless there is a fundamental change in the system, research is not the career type that would give the stability that many may have perceived.