Top 10 Jackson Laboratory news stories of 2012

Date: December 26, 2012
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Edison Liu, M.D., joined The Jackson Laboratory as president and CEO in January 2012, energizing a year that would become notable for discoveries in neurological diseases, reproduction and birth defects, as well as expansion of the institution’s Maine and California campuses and the launching of a major new research institute, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, in Connecticut. A chronology of the Laboratory’s top ten stories:

January 19, 2012

Jackson Laboratory researchers find mutation causing neurodegeneration

Jackson Laboratory research team led by Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Investigator Susan Ackerman, Ph.D., discovered a defect in the RNA splicing process in neurons that may contribute to neurological disease. 

February 22, 2012

The Jackson Laboratory announces new Rare and Orphan Disease Center

The Jackson Laboratory established a new Rare and Orphan Disease Center to address conditions that, while individually rare, collectively affect about one in 10 Americans, according to the National Association for Rare Disorders.

March 19, 2012

Jackson Laboratory researchers reveal new damaging mechanisms in glaucoma that can be prevented by X-ray radiation treatment

Jackson Laboratory scientists Gareth Howell, Ph.D., Simon John, Ph.D., (professor and Howard Hughes Medical Investigator) and colleagues demonstrated that a single, targeted X-ray treatment of an individual eye in young, glaucoma-prone mice provided that eye with apparently life-long and typically complete protection from glaucoma.

March 28, 2012

Jackson Laboratory researchers identify a gene vital to female fertility

Jackson Laboratory researchers led by Professor John Eppig, Ph.D.,   found a gene that controls multiple processes essential to building a viable mammalian egg, making it a master regulator of egg development.

August 20, 2012

Cancer researcher Trowbridge joins Jackson Laboratory faculty

Jennifer J. Trowbridge, Ph.D., a cancer researcher who investigates ways of stopping leukemia stem cells from renewing themselves and causing disease, joined The Jackson Laboratory as an assistant professor from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital in Boston.

October 3, 2012

The Jackson Laboratory expands Sacramento vivarium space

The Jackson Laboratory launched a $27 million expansion of its JAX—West facility in Sacramento, adding new vivarium space to house and care for genetically defined mice that are provided to the West Coast biomedical research community.

October 26, 2012

Genome interactions organized in a large-scale network, Jackson Laboratory researchers find

Probing human genomic data with a variety of computational tools—including some borrowed from social media networks—researchers at The Jackson Laboratory and an international team of collaborators discovered that interactions vital to transcriptional regulation are organized in a large-scale, three-dimensional network.

November 14, 2012

The Jackson Laboratory completes purchase of Ellsworth Lowe’s building

The Jackson Laboratory has completed the purchase of the former Lowe’s building in Ellsworth, Maine, securing a 143,000-square-foot building on a 17-acre site for expansion of its Maine operations.

December 10, 2012

Thomas S. Litwin named Jackson Laboratory V.P. for education

To advance The Jackson Laboratory’s national impact on science education, scientist and educator Thomas S. Litwin, Ph.D., has been appointed to the newly created post of vice president for education.


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

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