The Jackson Laboratory Press Releases

2014

December 18, 2014
Top Jackson Laboratory news stories of 2014
December 18, 2014
Basile Tarchini, Ph.D., developmental geneticist, joins Jackson Laboratory faculty
November 24, 2014
Lost in translation: JAX research team identifies new mechanism for misfolded proteins in heart disease
November 19, 2014
Immunologist, HIV expert Derya Unutmaz, M.D., joins Jackson Laboratory faculty
November 18, 2014
CBIF funds Yale-JAX project to develop new mouse models for cancers
November 13, 2014
Teacher in Jackson Laboratory distance-learning program earns NABT Genetics Education Award
November 12, 2014
Jackson Laboratory researchers discover lung regeneration mechanism
November 10, 2014
Diversity Outbred mice better predict potential human responses to chemical exposures
October 21, 2014
David and Barbara Roux provide historic $10 million gift to advance genomic medicine research at JAX
October 15, 2014
JAX, UConn and Yale present Hartford Forum on Healthcare Innovation Oct. 15-16
October 6, 2014
Maine Women’s Lobby endorses Question 4
October 6, 2014
The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine holding dedication ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 7
September 30, 2014
Cookie’s Ride to Support Cancer Research at The Jackson Laboratory Saturday, Oct. 18
September 22, 2014
JAX and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center announce multi-faceted affiliation
August 21, 2014
Addiction researcher Vivek Kumar, Ph.D., joins The Jackson Laboratory faculty
July 30, 2014
Rossi Foundation pledges $1M to establish Jackson Laboratory neurobehavioral research center
July 24, 2014
Jackson Laboratory researchers find new mechanism for neurodegeneration
July 23, 2014
Maine Cancer Foundation awards grants to four Jackson Laboratory scientists
July 22, 2014
Jackson Laboratory researchers reveal novel nature of Schlemm’s canal
July 21, 2014
JAX Genomic Medicine builds genomic education program, hires associate program director
July 15, 2014
JAX spin-off Cyteir Therapeutics joins Janssen Labs @LabCentral Community in Boston
June 24, 2014
The Jackson Laboratory Cancer Center earns renewal of National Cancer Institute designation
June 12, 2014
Guidelines needed for creating germ cells in vitro, declare Cornell, JAX researchers
June 11, 2014
ASHG and The Jackson Laboratory launch educational collaboration
June 7, 2014
The Jackson Laboratory and Frasergen announce cancer genomics facility in Hubei Province, China
May 29, 2014
Trowbridge, Dai awarded grants under NCI 'provocative questions' initiative
May 19, 2014
Peter Lamothe appointed senior director of development at The Jackson Laboratory
May 15, 2014
University of Saint Joseph to honor Jackson Laboratory President Edison Liu, M.D.
May 15, 2014
Adam Williams, Ph.D., genetics and immunology researcher of asthma, joins JAX Genomic Medicine faculty
May 12, 2014
JAX researchers identify potential therapeutic target for wound healing and cancer
April 25, 2014
The Jackson Laboratory offers online physician CME training for family cancer risk assessment
April 22, 2014
The Jackson Laboratory: Committed to the environment on Earth Day and every day
April 16, 2014
Douglas L. Coleman, Ph.D., Jackson Laboratory Professor Emeritus, 1931-2014
April 10, 2014
The Jackson Laboratory earns top rating from Charity Navigator
April 4, 2014
The Jackson Laboratory and CollabRx partner in molecular diagnostics for cancer
March 31, 2014
Jessica Noonan appointed Jackson Laboratory director of talent acquisition
March 31, 2014
The Jackson Laboratory, University College, London, receive collaborative grant from The Chordoma Foundation
March 27, 2014
National Cancer Institute awards $2.2 million grant to Jackson Laboratory Professor Yijun Ruan
March 26, 2014
Maine State Science Fair winners heading to international event in Los Angeles
March 19, 2014
Maine State Science Fair at Bangor High School on Saturday, March 22
March 18, 2014
JAX Genomic Medicine reports progress in hiring, funding, collaborations
March 14, 2014
The Jackson Laboratory, Patrick Dempsey to receive Maine Creative Industries Award
March 14, 2014
JAX President and CEO Edison Liu, M.D., to receive Chen award from HUGO
February 25, 2014
JAX, UC Davis partner on shared research infrastructure, education initiatives
February 25, 2014
Jackson Laboratory researcher Gareth Howell, Ph.D., receives Lewis Rudin Glaucoma Prize
February 21, 2014
Cancer immunologist Karolina Palucka joins JAX Genomic Medicine faculty
January 28, 2014
JAX Genomic Medicine’s Jeffrey Chuang, Ph.D., receives $519,750 grant for RNA studies
January 22, 2014
JAX launches new clinical genomic testing programs for health care providers
January 22, 2014
The Jackson Laboratory receives $7.5 million from South Korean government for cancer genomics project
January 9, 2014
GenomeWeb lists three JAX faculty among most promising young investigators

JAX launches new clinical genomic testing programs for health care providers

Reproductive geneticist Ewelina Bolcun-Filas joins JAX faculty

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2013

December 24, 2013
Acarbose extends lifespan in mice—especially males, Jackson scientists report
December 19, 2013
Cocaine, meth response differs between two substrains of 'Black 6' laboratory mouse
December 18, 2013
Maine Cancer Foundation funds JAX-MMC-EMMC ‘virtual clinical trials’ for triple-negative breast cancer
December 16, 2013
JAX California facility obtains clinical laboratory licensure, CLIA registration
December 11, 2013
Jackson Laboratory researchers detect early-stage brain changes in Alzheimer’s disease mouse model
November 14, 2013
Genomics pioneer George Weinstock joins The Jackson Laboratory faculty
November 11, 2013
Life Technologies Corporation and The Jackson Laboratory Sign TAL Effector Technology Sublicense for Generation and Distribution of Novel Mouse Disease Models
November 6, 2013
‘Stretch enhancers’ influence cell-specific gene expression variants associated with type 2 diabetes, other diseases
October 24, 2013
Jackson Laboratory to host program on graduate science education at USM on Oct. 30
October 23, 2013
$8.2 million federal research grant awarded to The Jackson Laboratory for research in egg and sperm formation
October 21, 2013
The Jackson Laboratory and National Coalition of Health Professional Education in Genetics move to expand healthcare provider education
October 9, 2013
JAX heart, kidney researcher Ron Korstanje, Ph.D., named American Heart Association Fellow
October 7, 2013
MHMC recognizes Chuck Hewett and JAX for Maine healthcare leadership 
October 7, 2013
Jennifer Trowbridge of JAX named Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging
October 2, 2013
JAX Genomic Medicine obtains State of Connecticut Clinical Laboratory Licensure and CLIA Certificate of Registration
September 23, 2013
Energy plant named 'Renewable Energy Project of the Year'
September 16, 2013
Cookie’s Ride to Support Cancer Research at The Jackson Laboratory Saturday, Oct. 5
August 29, 2013
Economist, investor, author William H. Janeway to speak on the innovation economy Sept. 4 at The Jackson Laboratory
August 26, 2013
Type 2 diabetes expert Michael Stitzel, Ph.D., joins JAX Genomic Medicine faculty
August 21, 2013
Jacques Banchereau, Ph.D., appointed director of immunological sciences at The Jackson Laboratory
August 14, 2013
$1 million in grants awarded to Jackson Laboratory, UConn and collaborators for interdisciplinary genomics study
August 12, 2013
MTI awards funding for Jackson Laboratory research in diabetic wound healing
August 8, 2013
Ron Korstanje, Ph.D., named to Jackson Laboratory faculty
August 5, 2013
JAX, UConn collaborators awarded $3.2M grant to understand bone genetics and function
July 11, 2013
Etzard Stolte of HP joins The Jackson Laboratory as chief information officer
July 10, 2013
First JAX Genomic Medicine joint recruit: Reinhard Laubenbacher named co-director of UConn Center for Quantitative Medicine
June 19, 2013
C.C. Little house gets design makeover with charitable proceeds benefitting JAX
June 3, 2013
Kellie Guarino appointed to new Jackson Laboratory organizational development post
May 31, 2013
Jackson Laboratory wins AAAS award for computational biology educational module
May 23, 2013
Jackson Laboratory predoctoral student earns Lupus Foundation of America fellowship
May 20, 2013
Harvard genetics expert Charles Lee named scientific director at JAX Genomic Medicine
May 17, 2013
Maine students capture awards at INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair
May 15, 2013
Stanford University bioinformatics scientist joins The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
April 30, 2013
Cancer research coalition announced in Connecticut
April 18, 2013
Jackson Laboratory earns U.S. patent for mammalian sperm freezing process
April 17, 2013
Molecule treats leukemia by preventing cancer cell repair, Jackson Laboratory scientists report
April 12, 2013
Kristen Rozansky to lead Jackson Laboratory development, communications efforts
April 10, 2013
MDI native Muriel Davisson-Fahey to receive Mount Holyoke College Alumna Achievement Award
March 26, 2013
Gareth Howell receives Glaucoma Research Foundation award
March 25, 2013
Students from Bangor, Greely High Schools win Maine State Science Fair
March 5, 2013
Maine State Science Fair March 23 at The Jackson Laboratory
January 29, 2013
Jackson Laboratory Professor Emeritus Douglas Coleman, Ph.D., wins two international science awards
January 28, 2013
Free Fireside Science talks begin Jan. 31 at The Jackson Laboratory
January 17, 2013
Laboratory breaks ground for JAX Genomic Medicine
January 1, 2013
The Jackson Laboratory recognized with Environmental Leader Award

2012

December 28, 2012
Jackson Laboratory researchers provide definitive proof for receptor's role in synapse development
December 26, 2012
Top 10 Jackson Laboratory news stories of 2012
December 21, 2012
JAX Genomic Medicine appoints computational biologist to faculty
December 12, 2012
The Jackson Laboratory names new house counsel, Brian R. Leslie
December 12, 2012
Three new employees join JAX Genomic Medicine
December 10, 2012
Thomas S. Litwin named Jackson Laboratory V.P. for education
December 7, 2012
Groundbreaking to celebrate JAX Genomic Medicine
November 16, 2012
Dawn Scott named to human resources services at JAX Genomic Medicine
November 16, 2012
Zbig Lukomski selected as facilities manager for JAX Genomic Medicine
November 14, 2012
The Jackson Laboratory awarded Japanese patent on process to effectively 'freeze' cumulative genetic drift in mice
November 14, 2012
The Jackson Laboratory completes purchase of Ellsworth Lowe’s building
October 26, 2012
Genome interactions organized in a large-scale network, Jackson Laboratory researchers find
October 24, 2012
Eggs and sperm take different developmental paths to get the same job done, suggests John Eppig of The Jackson Laboratory
October 3, 2012
The Jackson Laboratory expands Sacramento vivarium space
September 24, 2012
The Jackson Laboratory tells Connecticut legislature it’s on schedule with new genomic medicine institute
September 14, 2012
Jackson Laboratory cancer researcher Carol Bult, Ph.D., to receive 'Healthcare Heroes' award
September 13, 2012
Maine Cancer Foundation to honor The Jackson Laboratory’s Neal Goodwin, Ph.D.
August 30, 2012
Clare Tully to head human resources at The Jackson Laboratory
August 20, 2012
Gareth Howell, Ph.D., promoted to Jackson Laboratory faculty, to study Alzheimer’s disease, glaucoma
August 20, 2012
Cancer researcher Trowbridge joins Jackson Laboratory faculty
August 1, 2012
Scientists rank The Jackson Laboratory one of the "Best Places to Work in Academia"
July 17, 2012
The Jackson Laboratory honors three for research, philanthropy, volunteerism
July 17, 2012
Two new employees announced for JAX Genomic Medicine
July 9, 2012
Two new scientists join JAX Genomic Medicine
July 9, 2012
Jackson President and CEO Edison Liu elected to Foundation for NIH Board of Directors
June 25, 2012
Jackson Laboratory educator contributes to new NIH “Evolution and Medicine” curriculum
June 21, 2012
2012 Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program welcomes 39 top student researchers
June 21, 2012
Cryopreservation—vital to research, assisted reproduction—turns 40
June 20, 2012
Zoning revision paves way for Jackson Laboratory purchase of Ellsworth building
June 20, 2012
The Jackson Laboratory hires site director for Connecticut research center
June 12, 2012
The Jackson Laboratory hires second principal investigator for Connecticut research center
June 4, 2012
The Jackson Laboratory hires senior HR manager for Farmington, Conn., facility
May 31, 2012
Nature report: The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine “boosting research prospects” in Connecticut
May 22, 2012
Jackson Laboratory high school interns present at final symposium May 24
May 22, 2012
First Maine high school students attend Intel Science Fair in Pittsburgh
May 7, 2012
Delayed female sexual maturity linked to longer lifespan in mice, Jackson Laboratory researchers report
May 7, 2012
The Jackson Laboratory selects Whiting-Turner as construction manager for Farmington, Conn., genomic medicine institute
April 11, 2012
Jackson Laboratory cancer researcher awarded AACR grant for lung cancer research
March 28, 2012
Jackson Laboratory researchers identify a gene vital to female fertility
March 26, 2012
Students from Greely, Mt. Ararat High Schools win Maine State Science Fair at The Jackson Laboratory
March 19, 2012
Jackson Laboratory researchers reveal new damaging mechanisms in glaucoma that can be prevented by X-ray radiation treatment
March 19, 2012
The Jackson Laboratory to purchase Lowe’s property for potential Ellsworth expansion
March 7, 2012
New kidney research initiative launched in Maine on World Kidney Day
March 2, 2012
The Jackson Laboratory awarded second U.S. patent for 'freezing’ cumulative genetic drift in mice
February 29, 2012
Centerbrook, Tsoi/Kobus selected as architects of Jackson Laboratory facility in Farmington, Conn.
February 23, 2012
Yijun Ruan, Ph.D., is first researcher to join The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Connecticut
February 22, 2012
The Jackson Laboratory announces new Rare and Orphan Disease Center
February 21, 2012
Bank of America provides $15,000 for Maine State Science Fair at The Jackson Laboratory
February 6, 2012
MassGeneral, Jackson researchers find clues to common birth defect in gene expression data
February 1, 2012
The Jackson Laboratory announces Gilbane Inc. as contractor for Connecticut facility
January 31, 2012
Connecticut Bond Commission approves Jackson Laboratory funding
January 25, 2012
New grants for Maine State Science Fair at The Jackson Laboratory from the Betterment Fund, Sam L. Cohen Foundation and Dorr Foundation
January 19, 2012
Jackson Laboratory researchers find mutation causing neurodegeneration
January 5, 2012
Final agreement reached in Connecticut for new Jackson Laboratory research institute

2011

December 21, 2011
Top 10 Jackson Laboratory news stories of 2011
December 1, 2011
Charles M. Rice, Ph.D., and David J. Roux elected to Jackson Laboratory Board of Trustees
November 16, 2011
Jackson Laboratory researchers uncover steps in synapse building, pruning
November 14, 2011
Antibody, tag-teamed with receptor, knocks out viral infections inside cells
November 9, 2011
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations award $100K grant for innovative Jackson Laboratory science teacher enrichment program
November 9, 2011
The Jackson Laboratory appoints LuAnn Ballesteros to government relations post
November 3, 2011
New York Genome Center launches with The Jackson Laboratory, 10 other top biomedical institutions
October 26, 2011
Connecticut legislature approves funding for new Jackson Laboratory research institute
October 19, 2011
The Jackson Laboratory recognized with Environmental Leader Award
September 30, 2011
State of Connecticut recruiting The Jackson Laboratory for new research institute
September 29, 2011
The Jackson Laboratory receives $33 million for research to understand gene function and disease
September 27, 2011
The Jackson Laboratory and Husson University team up
September 27, 2011
NIH awards $25.1 million to The Jackson Laboratory to continue genome database
September 20, 2011
Jackson Laboratory researchers part of international team that develops mouse genetic blueprint
August 25, 2011
The Jackson Laboratory appoints Edison Liu, M.D., as new president and CEO
August 23, 2011
Jeffrey Dunn, M.D., Neal Milch, J.D., and Charles E. Hewett, Ph.D., elected to Jackson Laboratory Board of Trustees
August 18, 2011
Brian Wruble retires as Jackson Laboratory Board of Trustees chairman
August 18, 2011
Philadelphian Leo Holt elected Jackson Laboratory Board of Trustees chairman
August 15, 2011
The Jackson Laboratory named among 2011 "Best Places to Work in Maine"
August 11, 2011
Maine Governor Paul LePage visits The Jackson Laboratory
August 9, 2011
Jackson Laboratory researcher and collaborators propose new treatment approach to SMA
July 7, 2011
Sip, Sip, Soirée for Silas! SMARD research fundraiser planned
July 1, 2011
The Jackson Laboratory receives $2.3 million research grant to support genetics database vital to understanding infant health, disease
July 1, 2011
Scientists rank The Jackson Laboratory one of the "Best Places to Work in Academia"
June 29, 2011
Scripps Translational Science Institute joins Jackson's National Tumor Consortium to accelerate targeted cancer therapies
June 10, 2011
Jackson Laboratory veterinary pathologist named associate editor of new aging journal
June 10, 2011
The Jackson Laboratory partners with NCI, UC Davis to speed new cancer treatments to clinical trials
June 8, 2011
Jackson Laboratory cancer researcher Kevin Mills, Ph.D., promoted to associate professor
June 3, 2011
The Jackson Laboratory ends Florida expansion bid
May 27, 2011
What is a laboratory mouse? Jackson, UNC researchers reveal the details
May 6, 2011
The Jackson Laboratory wins Top Drawer Award from Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce
May 3, 2011
Jackson Professor John Eppig elected to National Academy of Sciences
May 3, 2011
High school students compete in Maine State Science Fair at The Jackson Laboratory
May 2, 2011
Jackson Laboratory team finds genetic clue to "emergency" glaucoma
April 21, 2011
Magazine recognizes new Jackson Laboratory building as Facility of the Year
April 13, 2011
Jackson Laboratory lung cancer researcher awarded $429,933 National Cancer Institute grant
April 11, 2011
Bangor Savings Bank Foundation presents $10,000 to The Jackson Laboratory for the Maine State Science Fair
April 4, 2011
The Jackson Laboratory appoints new CIO, JoAnne Ruh
March 24, 2011
Researchers find eye development error causing cataracts, glaucoma
March 11, 2011
Presidential praise for Jackson Laboratory science education initiative
March 7, 2011
Researchers substantially lessen glaucoma by detecting and targeting early disease processes
March 2, 2011
The Jackson Laboratory to locate in Sarasota County with presence in Tampa
February 3, 2011
Failed autoimmune suppression mechanism new clue to lupus
January 31, 2011
Jackson Laboratory and USF begin brainstorming potential locations in Hillsborough and Sarasota counties
January 20, 2011
MTI awards seed grant to The Jackson Laboratory to develop new cancer drug discovery tool
January 13, 2011
Jackson Laboratory, USF in discussions with leaders in Hillsborough, Sarasota counties but remain interested in Collier County
January 7, 2011
Blame the “chaperone”: Jackson Laboratory researchers find mutation in “chaperone” proteins that lead to major developmental abnormalities
January 4, 2011
Jackson scientists find new mouse model for heritable cerebrovascular diseases
January 4, 2011
Jackson Laboratory withdraws application for Florida expansion, will align project with Gov. Scott's economic goals

2010

December 20, 2010
The Jackson Laboratory and Tufts University announce new Ph.D. track in mammalian genetics
December 15, 2010
Jackson researchers use computing power to predict disease-related genes
December 15, 2010
New buses for Jackson Laboratory commuter routes
December 15, 2010
Cancer breakthroughs and more: Top 10 Jackson news items for 2010
November 30, 2010
Jackson Laboratory CEO Woychik to depart for NIEHS
November 22, 2010
Jackson Laboratory breaks ground on highly efficient biomass energy plant
November 18, 2010
Of worms and women: can the 'biological clock' be reset?
November 15, 2010
The Jackson Laboratory coordinating 2011 Maine State Science Fair
November 15, 2010
Sigma Life Science collaborates with Jackson for distribution of genetically engineered mice
November 3, 2010
$630,000 challenge grant to establish ALS mouse repository at The Jackson Laboratory
October 14, 2010
$900K MTAF grant to boost Jackson process improvements, commercialization opportunities
October 14, 2010
Eggs under arrest: Jackson Laboratory team finds out 'who dunnit'
October 10, 2010
Jackson Laboratory-based Walk to Cure Type 1 Diabetes a success
September 30, 2010
Jackson Laboratory scientist receives special $2.7M NIH grant for innovative cancer research
September 23, 2010
LAVFW presents $27,815 to The Jackson Laboratory for cancer research
September 21, 2010
Retired Jackson scientist Douglas Coleman wins 2010 Lasker Award, 'America's Nobel'
September 15, 2010
Jackson Laboratory opens $10M research facility on Bar Harbor campus
September 15, 2010
Greg Carter, Ph.D., joins Jackson Laboratory faculty
September 6, 2010
The Jackson Laboratory collaborates with JANVIER to provide breakthrough mouse cryopreservation technology to European biomedical researchers
August 24, 2010
FGCU and The Jackson Laboratory announce agreement to formalize collaboration
August 18, 2010
The Jackson Laboratory, Athleticode announce partnership at Florida Biomedical Village
August 16, 2010
Researchers announce first mouse model for typhoid fever research
August 16, 2010
Highres Biosolutions develops automated process for Jackson Laboratory genotyping
August 11, 2010
Jackson researchers find single-gene culprit for blood diseases
August 5, 2010
Jackson Laboratory researchers gain new insight into DNA break and repair mechanisms
July 28, 2010
National Council Awards honor scientist, volunteer, philanthropists
July 21, 2010
Jackson Laboratory, USF announce new partnership in Collier County
July 9, 2010
Four local students in Jackson Laboratory's prestigious summer program
July 2, 2010
Joel Graber promoted at The Jackson Laboratory
June 18, 2010
Maine Cancer Foundation awards research grants to Jackson Laboratory scientists
June 10, 2010
Jackson researchers to be honored with Maine Cancer Foundation Carroll Award
June 3, 2010
MPBN documentary highlights Michael J. Fox Foundation, The Jackson Laboratory
June 2, 2010
Maine researchers find possible clue to osteoporosis, obesity
June 2, 2010
U.S. District Court: No merit in patent infringement lawsuit against The Jackson Laboratory
May 19, 2010
Jackson Laboratory successfully raises matching gifts for $1 million challenge
May 3, 2010
Passed Florida budget includes funding for proposed Jackson Laboratory research facility
April 27, 2010
Jackson's John Eppig to receive top award from Society for the Study of Reproduction
April 26, 2010
Florida legislature recommends funding for proposed Jackson Laboratory research facility
April 20, 2010
New Jackson researcher explores how neurons communicate
April 14, 2010
NCI, Jackson collaborate on new technologies for better testing of targeted cancer therapies
April 13, 2010
Jackson partners with UC Davis to make primary human tumors available for research
April 9, 2010
"Next-gen" DNA sequencer comes to The Jackson Laboratory
April 5, 2010
Science meets music: John Bapst students visit The Jackson Laboratory
April 5, 2010
JAX® Mice headed for space
April 2, 2010
Jackson's Bob Braun and collaborators report new insights in sperm formation
March 26, 2010
The Jackson Laboratory and Florida
March 23, 2010
Jackson Laboratory CEO to step down
March 16, 2010
D'Ambrosio, Evnin elected to Jackson Laboratory Board of Trustees
March 16, 2010
LAVFW presents $25,000 gift to The Jackson Laboratory for cancer research
March 16, 2010
Jackson supporter Glenn Close is first publicly named female to have DNA sequenced
March 11, 2010
Jackson Laboratory receives $1.44m federal grant for Duchenne muscular dystrophy models
March 3, 2010
Jackson researchers describe current understanding of genetic recombination
March 1, 2010
Jackson researchers report new clue to normal retinal vascular development
February 17, 2010
Jackson researchers find genetic links to condition that causes kidney damage in diabetics
February 16, 2010
A leap forward in cancer diagnostics: gene transcript variations that signal cancer 
February 11, 2010
Maine Ahead magazine features "Private Tour" of The Jackson Laboratory
February 11, 2010
Researchers in Japan, Bar Harbor find 25 potential leukemia targets
January 15, 2010
The Jackson Laboratory salutes Alan Davis
January 8, 2010
State energy efficiency grant of $1M awarded to The Jackson Laboratory
January 1, 2010
Jackson research team finds protein controlling chromosome recombination "hotspots"