Cancer breakthroughs and more: Top 10 Jackson news items for 2010

Date: December 15, 2010
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Significant findings in the genetics of cancer, new resources for muscular dystrophy research and JAX® Mice in space: these are just some of the top Jackson Laboratory stories that made news in 2010.

A leap forward in cancer diagnostics
Researchers at The Jackson Laboratory have discovered telltale variations in mRNA processing—the cell’s protein-building function—that correspond to cancer. The team showed that they could distinguish among similar tumor subtypes with at least 74 percent accuracy, a dramatic increase over current molecular cancer diagnostics.

Jackson Laboratory receives $1.44m federal grant for Duchenne muscular dystrophy models
A grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to The Jackson Laboratory will provide research resources for finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

JAX® Mice at work in space
JAX® Mice from The Jackson Laboratory were part of the Space Shuttle Discovery crew that lifted off from Cape Canaveral on April 5. The mice, which returned to Earth on April 19, were part of an experiment to help scientists understand the long-term effects of space environment on the immune system’s ability to fight infection. JAX® Mice are also scheduled to board the last Shuttle flight.

Jackson’s Braun, collaborators, advance sperm-formation knowledge
In research that could lead to new methods of male contraception as well as insights into male infertility, Jackson Laboratory Professor and Associate Director for Research Bob Braun and colleagues showed that sperm precursor cells have several different paths to becoming sperm.

Jackson researchers honored with Maine Cancer Foundation’s Carroll Award, research grants
The Jackson Laboratory’s team of cancer researchers are the 2010 recipients of Maine Cancer Foundation’s Carroll Award, given each year for “extraordinary efforts to advance the path to a cancer-free future.” The Foundation also awarded grants totaling $247,500 to three Jackson cancer researchers studying leukemia, lymphoma and lung and brain cancers.

The Jackson Laboratory is coordinating the 2011 Maine State Science Fair
When the Maine State Science Fair languished for lack of funding, The Jackson Laboratory took over the Fair coordination as part of its mission to educate the next generation of scientists.

First mouse model for typhoid fever research announced by Jackson, collaborators
Researchers including Jackson Professor Leonard Shultz have announced the first mouse model for typhoid fever. The model will allow researchers to study typhoid fever and to develop new treatments and vaccines to battle this serious threat to health in the developing world.

Retired Jackson scientist Douglas Coleman wins 2010 Lasker Award, "America's Nobel"
Jackson Laboratory Professor Emeritus Douglas Coleman, Ph.D., a pioneer in obesity and diabetes research, shares the prestigious 2010 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award with Dr. Jeffrey Friedman of Rockefeller University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Greg Carter, Ph.D., joins The Jackson Laboratory as assistant professor
Greg Carter, Ph.D., who started his career as a nuclear physicist, now explores the frontiers of biology. Carter, a computational biologist and mathematical physicist, joins The Jackson Laboratory as assistant professor.

Jackson cancer investigator receives special $2.7M NIH grant for innovative cancer research
Jackson cancer researcher Chengkai Dai, M.D., Ph.D., is one of this year's New Innovator Award recipients announced by Dr. Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. The award provides $2,695,000 over five years for Dai's research. The NIH New Innovator Award program is designed specifically to support the research ideas of unusually creative investigators early in their careers.


Joyce Peterson, 207-288-6058, The Jackson Laboratory

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