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Celebrating Neuroscience

The Kavli Foundation has announced the 2010 Kavli Prize laureates in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience. Genentech's Richard Scheller was recognized for his use of recombinant DNA techniques to identify genes encoding for neuropeptides. Thomas Südhof, of the Stanford University School of Medicine, was honored for his contributions to investigations of "the molecular basis of signaling in the nervous system." Yale Univesity's James Rothman was lauded for his reseach on the molecular "mechanisms responsible for intracellular transport and secretion of neurotransmitters and other proteins." Together, the three investigators are being honored by the Kavli Foundation for "discovering the molecular basis of neurotransmitter release." The awards were distributed September 7 at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, and each included a cash prize of $1 million.

The Scan

Ancient Greek Army Ancestry Highlights Mercenary Role in Historical Migrations

By profiling genomic patterns in 5th century samples from in and around Himera, researchers saw diverse ancestry in Greek army representatives in the region, as they report in PNAS.

Estonian Biobank Team Digs into Results Return Strategies, Experiences

Researchers in the European Journal of Human Genetics outline a procedure developed for individual return of results for the population biobank, along with participant experiences conveyed in survey data.

Rare Recessive Disease Insights Found in Individual Genomes

Researchers predict in Genome Medicine cross-population deletions and autosomal recessive disease impacts by analyzing recurrent nonallelic homologous recombination-related deletions.

Genetic Tests Lead to Potential Prognostic Variants in Dutch Children With Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine found that the presence of pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants was linked to increased risk of death and poorer outcomes in children with pediatric dilated cardiomyopathy.