New Innovator Awards


This year, NIH started a new funding program for scientists who have never received government grants. The New Innovator Awards, worth up to $1.5 million over five years, were recently announced. In case you haven’t gotten enough of inspiring young scientists, here are the winning recipients and their projects.

Kjersti Aagaard-Tillery, Baylor
How maternal obesity programs genetic modifications and adaptations in the developing fetus that predispose it to adult diseases

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.