JAX eNews feature stories

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Yes vote on Question 4 in Maine election would fund new research center to study cancer, other diseases

Maine voters have a unique opportunity on the ballot in 2014 to fight cancer and create high-paying jobs in Maine.

The Jackson Laboratory’s commitment to the environment 

Earth Day 2014, April 22, is around the corner, but The Jackson Laboratory makes a year-round commitment to the environment, with an extensive roster of “green” initiatives at all three of its campuses.

New hope for epilepsy research 

Professor Wayne Frankel, Ph.D., was attracted to epilepsy research in part because of the challenges it offered. More than two decades later, new technologies and methods are removing some of epilepsy research's most difficult obstacles, and providing new hope for researchers and patients alike..

GenomeWeb lists three JAX faculty among most promising young investigators

Three Jackson Laboratory researchers are on this year's list of the nation's most promising young investigators in genomics research, presented by GenomeWeb, an influential publication in the field.

Top JAX stories of 2013

George Weinstock and the mircobiome

George M. Weinstock, Ph.D., has joined the research faculty of The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, Conn. A pioneer in the sequencing and genomic analysis of humans, model organisms and microbes, he was also named associate director for microbial genomics.

Clinical Genomics in the 21st Century

The Clinical Genomics in the 21st Century conference, held October 5-6, was an important milestone for The Jackson Laboratory. Many of the leading figures in human genome research were on hand, affirming that JAX Genomic Medicine is in a good position to fulfill its scientific promise.

Optogenetics: Better research in a flash

Recent news stories have shown how light flashes can do the most amazing things, from changing behavior in mice to controlling the expression of a single gene. But what sounds like science fiction is actually some of the progress being made using an exciting new technology in neuroscience called optogenetics, and The Jackson Laboratory is playing a crucial role in accelerating its progress.

The dynamic genome

Groundbreaking cancer research being done by JAX Associate Professor Kevin Mills, Ph.D., could eventually mean more effective treatment for cancer patients.

Charles Lee, CNVs vital to JAX research

Charles Lee, Ph.D., is internationally recognized for his discoveries about genomic copy number variations (CNVs), so his recent arrival at JAX was big news throughout the research community. Most people not working in genetics and genomics, however, probably don't know what CNVs are and why they are important to health and disease.

Three students 'pioneer' Summer Student Program
at JAX Genomic Medicine

This year, the JAX Summer Student Program has supported three students at JAX Genomic Medicine on the campus of the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington. The students, all residents of Connecticut, spent their days working alongside JAX scientists in the day-to-day operations of the research environment.

Celebrity with a purpose

Michael Sasner is the associate director of bioinformatics and model development in Jackson’s Genetic Resource Science group. That means mostly that he works hard to make mice more effective for human disease research. And in the PD research area, the Michael J. Fox Foundation has become a driving force in creating new pre-clinical models for the disease.

Scientists respond to New York Times article on mice research

A recent New York Times article casting doubt on the value of mouse models for sepsis, burns and trauma in humans provoked strong reactions in the biomedical research community. Three prominent physician-scientists, including Edison Liu, M.D., president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory, respond to the article.  

Building a genetics parts list

Terms like systems genetics and gene networks are currently getting all the buzz in genetics research. To truly understand what happens in health and disease, the theory goes, we have to know how they all fit together within a larger context.

Bridging the gaps from discovery to medicine

Our history provides an excellent example of how basic research can lead, eventually, to clinical progress. Its future, however, provides an important opportunity to establish a better path to progress and accelerate the translation of its discoveries to improve patient care.

What is genomic medicine?

While each individual's genome is much like another's, there are millions of small differences that make each of us unique. Some determine variable traits such as height, hair color, toenail shape, and so on. Occasionally there are outright mutations that cause disease. But many of the differences are more subtle and, when added together, help shape our disease susceptibility, how we react to our environment, and other complex traits. That's where genomic medicine comes into play.

JAX Genomic Medicine on track

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine is achieving promised milestones for job creation, facilities planning and collaboration with researchers and health care providers.

Jackson volunteerism enriches our communities

By day, Merlene McIntire is an administrative assistant in the Advancement group of The Jackson Laboratory, her employer since 1989. But after hours she’s a dedicated community volunteer who devotes time and energy to a litany of worthy causes throughout Downeast Maine.

Laboratory life and the great outdoors

What happens when two bright Atlanta-area high schoolers leave the big, hot city behind for The Jackson Laboratory's Summer Student Program in scenic Bar Harbor, Maine? For Jasmine Johnson, the experience was "life-changing." For Gabriel Vela, it got him to rethink his college plans.

Pathways to the new biology

Computational biology is such a new scientific discipline that many of today’s researchers pretty much made it up as they went along. Read how some of our top scientists broke into the field and hear from a summer student who is forging his own path.

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