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NC State Wins $2M from NIH to Study Genomics of Glaucoma

NEW YORK, June 2 (GenomeWeb News) - Researchers at North CarolinaStateUniversityhave received $2 million from the NIH's National Eye Institute to study the genomics of glaucoma.

 

Under the 4-year grant, entitled "Comparative Genomics of Glaucoma," which started in April, the scientists will search for genes that undergo altered transcriptional regulation during the early stages of glaucoma both in fruit flies and people, and will identify polymorphisms of such genes that might predispose to glaucoma in humans.

 

Glaucoma, which affects more than 60 million people worldwide, leads to irreversible blindness.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.