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History of Genetics

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O'Mahony S (2019)

After the golden age: what is medicine for?.

Lancet (London, England), 393(10183):1798-1799.

RevDate: 2019-05-22
CmpDate: 2019-05-22

Bossé Y, CI Amos (2018)

A Decade of GWAS Results in Lung Cancer.

Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology, 27(4):363-379.

Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) were successful to identify genetic factors robustly associated with lung cancer. This review aims to synthesize the literature in this field and accelerate the translation of GWAS discoveries into results that are closer to clinical applications. A chronologic presentation of published GWAS on lung cancer susceptibility, survival, and response to treatment is presented. The most important results are tabulated to provide a concise overview in one read. GWAS have reported 45 lung cancer susceptibility loci with varying strength of evidence and highlighted suspected causal genes at each locus. Some genetic risk loci have been refined to more homogeneous subgroups of lung cancer patients in terms of histologic subtypes, smoking status, gender, and ethnicity. Overall, these discoveries are an important step for future development of new therapeutic targets and biomarkers to personalize and improve the quality of care for patients. GWAS results are on the edge of offering new tools for targeted screening in high-risk individuals, but more research is needed if GWAS are to pay off the investment. Complementary genomic datasets and functional studies are needed to refine the underlying molecular mechanisms of lung cancer preliminarily revealed by GWAS and reach results that are medically actionable. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev; 27(4); 363-79. ©2018 AACRSee all articles in this CEBP Focus section, "Genome-Wide Association Studies in Cancer."

RevDate: 2019-05-21
CmpDate: 2019-05-21

Arnone MI, Oliveri P, P Martinez (2019)

A conceptual history of the "regulatory genome": From Theodor Boveri to Eric Davidson.

Marine genomics, 44:24-31.

The formalization of the idea of "Regulatory Genome" is a recent one. However, it stems from a long tradition in the study of how the genetic information is transferred between generations. Theodore Boveri suggested for the first time that the whole genome participates in the shaping of individuals. Through a long lineage of researchers, we have learned how this whole-genome activity is regulated, in space and time. It is, however, due to the insights and experimental approaches taken by different researchers, among them Eric Davidson and associates, that we understand the mechanistic basis of this regulation. Whole batteries of regulatory genes interact through their cis-regulatory modules, generating a precise pattern of cross-controlled gene activity (Gene Regulatory Networks). How these genes are deployed in development and evolution has become an area of vibrant research. Here we revisit the history of this intellectual endeavour, taking as key defining points along this historical trajectory the contributions of Theodor Boveri and Eric Davidson.

RevDate: 2019-05-21
CmpDate: 2019-05-21

Opitz JM (2018)

Arno G. Motulsky, 1923-2018, Luck and Service.

American journal of medical genetics. Part A, 176(6):1285-1288.

RevDate: 2019-05-20
CmpDate: 2019-05-20

Visscher PM, ME Goddard (2019)

From R.A. Fisher's 1918 Paper to GWAS a Century Later.

Genetics, 211(4):1125-1130.

The genetics and evolution of complex traits, including quantitative traits and disease, have been hotly debated ever since Darwin. A century ago, a paper from R.A. Fisher reconciled Mendelian and biometrical genetics in a landmark contribution that is now accepted as the main foundation stone of the field of quantitative genetics. Here, we give our perspective on Fisher's 1918 paper in the context of how and why it is relevant in today's genome era. We mostly focus on human trait variation, in part because Fisher did so too, but the conclusions are general and extend to other natural populations, and to populations undergoing artificial selection.

RevDate: 2019-05-20
CmpDate: 2019-05-20

Moniz MBJ, FG Hutton (2019)

Genetics Research turns a new [open access] leaf….

Genetics research, 101:e1 pii:S0016672318000071.

RevDate: 2019-05-20
CmpDate: 2019-05-20

Dejong-Lambert W (2017)

J. B. S. Haldane and Лысенковщина (Lysenkovschina).

Journal of genetics, 96(5):837-844.

RevDate: 2019-05-20
CmpDate: 2019-05-20

Wilmot S (2017)

J. B. S. Haldane: the John Innes years.

Journal of genetics, 96(5):815-826.

RevDate: 2019-05-20
CmpDate: 2019-05-20

Guha R (2017)

Becoming an Indian.

Journal of genetics, 96(5):805-814.

RevDate: 2019-05-20
CmpDate: 2019-05-20

Bateson P (2017)

The cleverest man I never met.

Journal of genetics, 96(5):801-804.

RevDate: 2019-05-20
CmpDate: 2019-05-20

Charlesworth B (2017)

Haldane and modern evolutionary genetics.

Journal of genetics, 96(5):773-782.

RevDate: 2019-05-20
CmpDate: 2019-05-20

Edwards A W F (2017)

Haldane and Fisher - scientific interactions.

Journal of genetics, 96(5):747-752.

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CmpDate: 2019-05-20

Bodmer WF (2017)

A Haldane perspective from a Fisher student.

Journal of genetics, 96(5):743-746.

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CmpDate: 2019-05-20

Crow JF (2017)

Haldane, Fisher and Wright.

Journal of genetics, 96(5):741-742.

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CmpDate: 2019-05-20

Divakaran PP (2017)

J. B. S. Haldane: an isolated souvenir.

Journal of genetics, 96(5):733.

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CmpDate: 2019-05-20

Swaminathan MS (2017)

J. B. S. Haldane: an uncommon scientist.

Journal of genetics, 96(5):731-732.

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CmpDate: 2019-05-20

Mitchison NA (2017)

J. B. S. Haldane, as I knew him.

Journal of genetics, 96(5):729.

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CmpDate: 2019-05-20

Mitchison N (2017)

In the dark hours.

Journal of genetics, 96(5):725-728.

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CmpDate: 2019-05-20

Haldane J B S (2017)

An autobiography in brief.

Journal of genetics, 96(5):719-723.

RevDate: 2019-05-16
CmpDate: 2019-05-16

Azar B (2019)

Profile of Daniel A. Haber.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116(13):5840-5842.

RevDate: 2019-05-14
CmpDate: 2019-05-14

Marx V (2017)

Genetics: new tales from ancient DNA.

Nature methods, 14(8):771-774.

RevDate: 2019-05-07
CmpDate: 2019-05-07

Zatz M (2018)

Helping our country as women scientists.

Nature cell biology, 20(9):1012.

RevDate: 2019-05-07
CmpDate: 2019-05-07

Schuh M (2018)

Taking a confident leap into uncertainty.

Nature cell biology, 20(9):1007.

RevDate: 2019-05-07
CmpDate: 2019-05-07

Nik-Zainal S (2018)

The duty to speak up.

Nature cell biology, 20(9):1006.

RevDate: 2019-05-07
CmpDate: 2019-05-07

Akhtar A (2018)

Finding your way through the science maze.

Nature cell biology, 20(9):1000.

RevDate: 2019-05-03
CmpDate: 2019-05-03

Hanage WP (2018)

From bacterial genomics to clinical epidemiology: an interview with Bill Hanage.

BMC biology, 16(1):122.

Bill Hanage is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, where he studies fundamental and applied epidemiology using genomic and evolutionary methods. Bill spoke to us about the different types of selection that determine pathogen populations, asking reviewers to highlight positives of papers, and whether we're closer to a causal framework for studying the microbiome.

RevDate: 2019-05-06
CmpDate: 2019-05-06

Balzi E, WS Moye-Rowley (2019)

Unveiling the transcriptional control of pleiotropic drug resistance in Saccharomyces cerevisiae: Contributions of André Goffeau and his group.

Yeast (Chichester, England), 36(4):195-200.

Studies in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae have provided much of the basic detail underlying the organization and regulation of multiple or pleiotropic drug resistance gene network in eukaryotic microbes. As with many aspects of yeast biology, the initial observations that drove the eventual molecular characterization of multidrug resistance gene were provided by genetics. This review focuses on contributions from the laboratory of Dr. André Goffeau that uncovered key aspects of the transcriptional regulation of these multidrug resistance genes. André's group made many seminal discoveries that helped lead to the current picture we have of how eukaryotic microbes respond to and deal with a variety of antifungal agents. The importance of the transcriptional contribution to antifungal drugs is illustrated by the large number of drug resistant mutants found in several yeast species that lead to increased activity of transcriptional regulators. The characterization of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae PDR1 gene by the Goffeau group provided the first molecular basis explaining the link between this hyperactive transcription factor and drug resistance.

RevDate: 2019-05-01
CmpDate: 2019-05-01

Anonymous (2018)

GGS Prize 2018.

Genes & genetic systems, 93(5):169.

RevDate: 2019-05-01
CmpDate: 2019-05-01

Encarnación-Guevara S (2017)

The dawn and the first twenty-five years of proteomics in Mexico: a personal chronicle.

Boletin medico del Hospital Infantil de Mexico, 74(3):208-211.

This review does not aim to be an up-to-date of proteomics in Mexico; it simply tries to trace its development, exposing the story of the researchers, laboratories and some institutions that have contributed to the establishment and development of this science in Mexico.

RevDate: 2019-05-01
CmpDate: 2019-05-01

Ajito K (2018)

Professor KC Nicolaou expanded the world of synthetic organic chemistry by total synthesis and his laboratories have fostered many talented researchers.

The Journal of antibiotics, 71(2):151-152.

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Winssinger N (2018)

Biography of Professor Nicolaou: a journey to the extremes of molecular complexity.

The Journal of antibiotics, 71(2):149-150.

RevDate: 2019-04-29
CmpDate: 2019-04-29

Frixione E, L Ruiz-Zamarripa (2019)

The "scientific catastrophe" in nucleic acids research that boosted molecular biology.

The Journal of biological chemistry, 294(7):2249-2255.

RevDate: 2019-04-24
CmpDate: 2019-04-24

Willis JH (2018)

The Evolution and Metamorphosis of Arthropod Proteomics and Genomics.

Annual review of entomology, 63:1-13.

This article presents an overview of the development of techniques for analyzing cuticular proteins (CPs), their transcripts, and their genes over the past 50 years based primarily on experience in the laboratory of J.H. Willis. It emphasizes changes in the kind of data that can be gathered and how such data provided insights into the molecular underpinnings of insect metamorphosis and cuticle structure. It describes the techniques that allowed visualization of the location of CPs at both the anatomical and intracuticular levels and measurement of the appearance and deployment of transcripts from CP genes as well as what was learned from genomic and transcriptomic data. Most of the early work was done with the cecropia silkmoth, Hyalophora cecropia, and later work was with Anopheles gambiae.

RevDate: 2019-04-17
CmpDate: 2019-04-17

Russell DW (2018)

Lucky, times ten: A career in Texas science.

The Journal of biological chemistry, 293(49):18804-18827.

On January 21, 2017, I received an E-mail from Herb Tabor that I had been simultaneously hoping for and dreading for several years: an invitation to write a "Reflections" article for the Journal of Biological Chemistry On the one hand, I was honored to receive an invitation from Herb, a man I have admired for over 40 years, known for 24 years, and worked with as a member of the Editorial Board and Associate Editor of the Journal of Biological Chemistry for 17 years. On the other hand, the invitation marked the waning of my career as an academic scientist. With these conflicting emotions, I wrote this article with the goals of recording my career history and recognizing the many mentors, trainees, and colleagues who have contributed to it and, perhaps with pretension, with the desire that students who are beginning a career in research will find inspiration in the path I have taken and appreciate the importance of luck.

RevDate: 2019-04-15
CmpDate: 2019-04-15

Heithaus JL (2019)

50 Years Ago in The Journal Of Pediatrics: Cytogenetics in Mentally Defective Children with Anomalies: A Controlled Study.

The Journal of pediatrics, 204:161.

RevDate: 2019-04-11
CmpDate: 2019-04-11

Ganesan A (2018)

Epigenetics: the first 25 centuries.

Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 373(1748):.

Epigenetics is a natural progression of genetics as it aims to understand how genes and other heritable elements are regulated in eukaryotic organisms. The history of epigenetics is briefly reviewed, together with the key issues in the field today. This themed issue brings together a diverse collection of interdisciplinary reviews and research articles that showcase the tremendous recent advances in epigenetic chemical biology and translational research into epigenetic drug discovery.This article is part of a discussion meeting issue 'Frontiers in epigenetic chemical biology'.

RevDate: 2019-03-29
CmpDate: 2019-03-28

Strauss BS (2019)

Martynas Yčas: The "Archivist" of the RNA Tie Club.

Genetics, 211(3):789-795.

Between about 1951 and the early 1960s, the basic structure of molecular biology was revealed. Central to our understanding was the unraveling of the various roles of RNA, culminating in the identification of messenger RNA (mRNA) and the deciphering of the genetic code. We know a great deal about the role of Brenner, Crick, Jacob, and Nirenberg in these discoveries, but many others played important supporting parts. One of these is a little-known scientist, Martynas Yčas, who appears in histories, generally without explanation, as the "archivist of the RNA Tie Club." Yčas was born in Lithuania. His father helped write the Lithuanian Constitution in 1919. He studied Roman Law and served in the Lithuanian army before escaping from the Russians in 1940. The records of correspondence of Yčas with the physicist George Gamow and with Francis Crick throw some light on the genesis of our understanding of the role of mRNA. The story of the "RNA Tie Club" illustrates the difficulty in assigning credit for important discoveries and underscores the importance of a free exchange of information, even (or especially) among competitors.

RevDate: 2019-03-28
CmpDate: 2019-03-28

Dung SK, López A, Barragan EL, et al (2019)

Illuminating Women's Hidden Contribution to Historical Theoretical Population Genetics.

Genetics, 211(2):363-366.

While productivity in academia is measured through authorship, not all scientific contributors have been recognized as authors. We consider nonauthor "acknowledged programmers" (APs), who developed, ran, and sometimes analyzed the results of computer programs. We identified APs in Theoretical Population Biology articles published between 1970 and 1990, finding that APs were disproportionately women (P = 4.0 × 10-10). We note recurrent APs who contributed to several highly-cited manuscripts. The occurrence of APs decreased over time, corresponding to the masculinization of computer programming and the shift of programming responsibilities to individuals credited as authors. We conclude that, while previously overlooked, historically, women have made substantial contributions to computational biology. For a video of this abstract, see: https://vimeo.com/313424402.

RevDate: 2019-02-19
CmpDate: 2019-02-18

Morganti S, Tarantino P, Ferraro E, et al (2019)

Complexity of genome sequencing and reporting: Next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies and implementation of precision medicine in real life.

Critical reviews in oncology/hematology, 133:171-182.

The finalization of the Human Genome Project in 2003 paved the way for a deeper understanding of cancer, favouring a faster progression towards "personalized" medicine. Research in oncology has progressively focused on the sequencing of cancer genomes, to better understand the genetic basis of tumorigenesis and identify actionable alterations to guide cancer therapy. Thanks to the development of next-generation-sequencing (NGS) techniques, sequencing of tumoral DNA is today technically easier, faster and cheaper. Commercially available NGS panels enable the detection of single or global genomic alterations, namely gene mutation and mutagenic burden, both on germline and somatic DNA, potentially predicting the response or resistance to cancer treatments. Profiling of tumor DNA is nowadays a standard in cancer research and treatment. In this review we discuss the history, techniques and applications of NGS in cancer care, under a "personalized tailored therapy" perspective.

RevDate: 2019-03-05
CmpDate: 2019-03-05

Livi GP (2019)

Halcyon days of TOR: Reflections on the multiple independent discovery of the yeast and mammalian TOR proteins.

Gene, 692:145-155.

The quest to elucidate the molecular mechanism of action of rapamycin in the early 1990s led to the discovery of the novel TOR (target of rapamycin) proteins in yeast and mammalian cells. This was a major breakthrough that resulted in the development of new rapamycin analogs as anti-cancer agents, and launched new research that revealed the pre-eminent biological role of mTOR (mammalian or mechanistic TOR). Beyond mediating rapamycin sensitivity, the TOR proteins are nutrient sensing protein kinases, conserved from yeast to man, with a core function in regulating cell growth, metabolism and overall cell survival. There have been many insightful historical accounts of the origins of TOR; however, the complete TOR dossier would benefit from a chapter on the untold story of the simultaneous co-discovery of the yeast TOR proteins by two independent laboratories, one that is inclusive of the discoveries made at the former SmithKline Beecham (legacy GlaxoSmithKline). Accordingly, this comprehensive retrospective retraces the provenance of yeast TOR (circa 1990-1996) and highlights the early groundbreaking publications that revealed the identity of the TOR genes and proteins. It also commemorates key companion papers which helped to clarify yeast TOR gene nomenclature, identified structural motifs in the predicted TOR protein sequences, demonstrated interactions between yeast FKBP12-rapamycin and TOR, characterized mutations responsible for drug resistance, and began to decipher TOR protein function; some of these crucial early studies appeared in this journal (e.g., Koser et al., 1993. Gene 129, 159-165; Cafferkey et al., 1994. Gene 141, 133-136; Freeman and Livi, 1996. Gene 172, 143-147). A period of intensive investigation, events are portrayed chronologically and juxtaposed alongside the independent parallel efforts to identify and purify mTOR. Finally, in a broader historical context, TOR and mTOR are examined a posteriori as paragons of multiple discovery, illustrating how this common phenomenon (also known as simultaneous invention) can greatly accelerate problem solving and advance human knowledge in a fast-breaking area of scientific research.

RevDate: 2019-03-12
CmpDate: 2019-03-12

Haloupek N (2019)

Barbara J. Meyer: 2018 Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal.

Genetics, 211(1):1-3.

The Genetics Society of America's (GSA) Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal honors researchers for lifetime achievement in genetics. The recipient of the 2018 Morgan Medal, Barbara J. Meyer of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the University of California, Berkeley, is recognized for her career-long, groundbreaking investigations of how chromosome behaviors are controlled. Meyer's work has revealed mechanisms of sex determination and dosage compensation in Caenorhabditis elegans that continue to serve as the foundation of diverse areas of study on chromosome structure and function today, nearly 40 years after she began her work on the topic.

RevDate: 2019-04-08
CmpDate: 2019-04-08

Jager MJ, Brand A, FHJ Claas (2019)

Jon van Rood: The pioneer and his personal view on the early developments of HLA and immunogenetics.

Transplant immunology, 52:1-26.

A single observation in a patient with an unusual transfusion reaction led to a life-long fascination with immunogenetics, and a strong wish to improve the care for patients needing a transplantation. In 2017, Jon van Rood, one of the pioneers in the field of HLA and immunogenetics of transplantation, passed away. Several obituaries have appeared describing some of the highlights of his career. However, the details of the early developments leading among others to the routine use of HLA as an important parameter for donor selection in organ- and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation are largely unknown to the community. After his retirement as Chair of the Department of Immunohaematology and Blood Transfusion (IHB) in 1991, Jon van Rood wrote regularly in the "Crosstalk", the departmental journal, and gave his personal view on the history of the discovery and implications of HLA. These autobiographic descriptions were originally written in Dutch and have been translated, while texts from other sources and the relevant references have been added to illustrate the historical perspective. This special issue of Transplant Immunology combines the autobiographic part, Jon's own version of the history, with other facts of his scientific life and the impact of his findings on the field of clinical transplantation. Hopefully, this knowledge of the history will be of benefit for future developments in transplantation immunology.

RevDate: 2019-03-29
CmpDate: 2019-03-26

Hoßfeld U, Levit GS, E Watts (2019)

100 Years of phenogenetics: Valentin Haecker and his examination of the phenotype.

Molecular genetics and genomics : MGG, 294(2):445-456.

Following the 'rediscovery' of Mendel's work around 1900 the study of genetics grew rapidly and multiple new inheritance theories quickly emerged such as Hugo de Vries' "Mutation Theory" (1901) and the "Boveri-Sutton Chromosome Theory" (1902). Mendel's work also caught the attention of the German geneticist Valentin Haecker, yet he was generally dissatisfied the simplicity of Mendelian genetics as he believed that inheritance and the expression of various characteristics appeared to be much more complex than the proposed "on-off hypotheses". Haecker's primary objection was that Mendelian-based theories still failed to bridge the gap between hereditary units and phenotypic traits. Haecker thus set out to bridge this gap in his research program, which he called Phänogenetik ("phenogenetics"). He outlined his work in a special study "Entwicklungsgeschichtliche Eigenschaftsanalyse (Phänogenetik)" in 1918. 2018 thus marks the 100th anniversary of Haecker's seminal publication, which was devoted to the analysis of the phenotype and highlighted the true complexity of heredity. This article takes a specific look at Haecker and his work, while also illustrating how this often forgotten scientist influenced the field of genetics and other scientists.

RevDate: 2019-02-26
CmpDate: 2019-02-26

Charlesworth D (2018)

Mogens Westergaard's Contributions to Understanding Sex Chromosomes.

Genetics, 210(4):1143-1149.

A long-standing question in biology concerns the genetic mechanisms by which two sexes can evolve (botanists call this the dioecious condition and zoologists call it gonochory) from a functionally ancestral hermaphroditic state (without separate sexes). In 1932, H. J. Muller, one of the great 20th century geneticists but also a fine evolutionary biologist, pointed out that two mutations were necessary. It was therefore puzzling that sex determination often involves a single genetic locus. Muller believed that the evolution of a single-gene system was possible, because maize geneticists had synthesized a single-gene system with separate sexes. However, this system is highly artificial, requiring geneticists to actively eliminate the wild-type allele at one of the two genes involved. This genetic system cannot therefore explain the natural evolution of dioecy. In 1958, Westergaard reviewed studies from a diversity of flowering plants, and showed that the genetics of natural sex determination in plants does not support the maize system. Instead, the genetic results pointed to a model involving two separate factors, with close linkage creating a single genetic locus. Moreover, Westergaard also pointed out that a two-gene model offers a natural explanation for the evolution of suppressed recombination between sex chromosome pairs. Studying plants allowed genetic analyses of the early steps in the evolution of dioecy, using dioecious species that evolved recently from species without separate sexes, whereas Muller failed to fully understand such evolutionary changes because he focused on animals, where later changes have often happened and obscured the early stages.

RevDate: 2019-02-26
CmpDate: 2019-02-26

Haloupek N (2018)

Mariana Wolfner: 2018 Genetics Society of America Medal.

Genetics, 210(4):1139-1141.

The Genetics Society of America (GSA) Medal recognizes researchers who have made outstanding contributions to the field of genetics in the past 15 years. The 2018 GSA Medal has been awarded to Mariana Wolfner of Cornell University for her work on reproductive processes that occur around the time of fertilization. This includes characterization of seminal proteins in Drosophila melanogaster, which has uncovered a wealth of information about sexual conflict in evolution.

RevDate: 2019-04-08
CmpDate: 2019-04-08

Ramakrishnan V, R Henderson (2018)

Thomas A. Steitz (1940-2018).

Science (New York, N.Y.), 362(6417):897.

RevDate: 2019-02-25
CmpDate: 2019-02-25

Ma Q, Adua E, Boyce MC, et al (2018)

IMass Time: The Future, in Future!.

Omics : a journal of integrative biology, 22(11):679-695.

Joseph John Thomson discovered and proved the existence of electrons through a series of experiments. His work earned him a Nobel Prize in 1906 and initiated the era of mass spectrometry (MS). In the intervening time, other researchers have also been awarded the Nobel Prize for significant advances in MS technology. The development of soft ionization techniques was central to the application of MS to large biological molecules and led to an unprecedented interest in the study of biomolecules such as proteins (proteomics), metabolites (metabolomics), carbohydrates (glycomics), and lipids (lipidomics), allowing a better understanding of the molecular underpinnings of health and disease. The interest in large molecules drove improvements in MS resolution and now the challenge is in data deconvolution, intelligent exploitation of heterogeneous data, and interpretation, all of which can be ameliorated with a proposed IMass technology. We define IMass as a combination of MS and artificial intelligence, with each performing a specific role. IMass will offer advantages such as improving speed, sensitivity, and analyses of large data that are presently not possible with MS alone. In this study, we present an overview of the MS considering historical perspectives and applications, challenges, as well as insightful highlights of IMass.

RevDate: 2019-03-20
CmpDate: 2019-03-20

Uhlenbeck OC (2019)

Thomas A. Steitz (1940-2018).

RNA (New York, N.Y.), 25(2):169-172.

RevDate: 2019-02-15
CmpDate: 2019-02-12

Haloupek N (2018)

Job Dekker: 2018 Edward Novitski Prize.

Genetics, 210(3):745-746.

The Genetics Society of America's (GSA) Edward Novitski Prize is awarded to researchers who have solved challenging problems in genetics through experiments that demonstrate exceptional creativity and ingenuity. Job Dekker of the University of Massachusetts Medical School has been selected for the 2018 award in recognition of his innovative approach to understanding chromosome interactions and nuclear organization. Among Dekker's contributions are the development of the now-ubiquitous approach of chromosome conformation capture and the discovery of topologically associating domains.

RevDate: 2019-01-15
CmpDate: 2019-01-15

Tan SY, JK Furubayashi (2018)

Jacques Lucien Monod (1910-1976): Co-discoverer of the operon system.

Singapore medical journal, 59(10):555-556.

RevDate: 2019-03-28
CmpDate: 2019-03-28

Chen F, Lu DR, Zhang FX, et al (2018)

[The development of genetics teaching in China in the last four decades and its future prospect].

Yi chuan = Hereditas, 40(10):916-923.

Chinese genetics educators have carried out a comprehensive and systematic exploration and reform since 1978. With the guidance and help of the Genetics Society of China, they have made significant strides in the fields of genetics teaching system, publication of genetics textbooks, content of genetics teaching, workshop on genetics teaching, experimental teaching, application of advanced techniques, etc. These efforts have made remarkable achievements and promoted the vitality of genetics. The comprehensive development of education and teaching has trained a large number of excellent genetic talents for the development of China's economy and society. Here, we sum up the overall achievements of the teaching reform and propose some suggestions on the future development of genetics teaching in China, hoping that the quality of genetics teaching in China will take a new step in the new era.

RevDate: 2019-03-28
CmpDate: 2019-03-28

Sun LY, Xing QH, L He (2018)

[Retrospect and prospect of the genetic research on birth defects in China].

Yi chuan = Hereditas, 40(10):800-813.

An important part of China's "Healthy China 2030" planning is to lower the rate of birth defects. Because genetic factors contribute solely or collaboratively to about 80% of the occurrence of birth defects, genetic studies on birth defects can provide precise molecular targets for clinical screening, diagnosis and treatment. Genetic research on birth defects in China has developed by leaps and bounds since 1960s. At the same time, as related research achievements keep accumulating, translation of these scientific discoveries to clinical applications, with genetic counseling and testing as the core practices, has been developed and optimized. A close collaboration between genetic researches and clinical applications would provide reliable technical support for giving birth to more "healthy children" in China. This article firstly reviews China's history of genetic research on birth defects, then introduces current situation and hot topics of the research area at home and abroad and finally discusses about future trend and related clinical applications. In summary, an overall view is provided here for the readers to understand the development route of genetic research on birth defects in China.

RevDate: 2019-01-02
CmpDate: 2019-01-02

Lowe JWE (2018)

Sequencing through thick and thin: Historiographical and philosophical implications.

Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences, 72:10-27.

DNA sequencing has been characterised by scholars and life scientists as an example of 'big', 'fast' and 'automated' science in biology. This paper argues, however, that these characterisations are a product of a particular interpretation of what sequencing is, what I call 'thin sequencing'. The 'thin sequencing' perspective focuses on the determination of the order of bases in a particular stretch of DNA. Based upon my research on the pig genome mapping and sequencing projects, I provide an alternative 'thick sequencing' perspective, which also includes a number of practices that enable the sequence to travel across and be used in wider communities. If we take sequencing in the thin manner to be an event demarcated by the determination of sequences in automated sequencing machines and computers, this has consequences for the historical analysis of sequencing projects, as it focuses attention on those parts of the work of sequencing that are more centralised, fast (and accelerating) and automated. I argue instead that sequencing can be interpreted as a more open-ended process including activities such as the generation of a minimum tile path or annotation, and detail the historiographical and philosophical consequences of this move.

RevDate: 2019-02-28
CmpDate: 2019-02-28

Anonymous (2018)

Society for Glycobiology Awards - 2018.

Glycobiology, 28(12):906-909.

RevDate: 2018-12-21
CmpDate: 2018-12-21

van Dijk PJ, Weissing FJ, THN Ellis (2018)

How Mendel's Interest in Inheritance Grew out of Plant Improvement.

Genetics, 210(2):347-355.

Despite the fact that Gregor Mendel is generally respected as the founder of genetics, little is known about the origin of and motivation for his revolutionary work. No primary sources are known that discuss his work during the period of his pea crossing experiments. Here, we report on two previously unknown interconnected local newspaper articles about Mendel's work that predate his famous Pisum lectures by 4 years. These articles describe Mendel as a plant breeder and a horticulturist. We argue that Mendel's initial interests concerned crop improvement, but that with time he became more interested in fundamental questions about inheritance, fertilization, and natural hybridization.

RevDate: 2018-12-21
CmpDate: 2018-12-21

Haloupek N (2018)

Philip Hieter: 2018 George W. Beadle Award.

Genetics, 210(2):345-346.

The Genetics Society of America's (GSA) George W. Beadle Award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the community of genetics researchers and who exemplify the qualities of its namesake. For his work fostering communication and collaboration among members of the many subfields of genetics, Philip Hieter of the University of British Columbia has been named 2018's recipient of the award. Among his contributions are many initiatives that aim to better link human and model organism geneticists, including the Canadian Rare Diseases Models and Mechanisms Network-a consortium that connects investigators who identify rare disease genes in humans to basic scientists who can study the genes in model organisms.

RevDate: 2019-02-15
CmpDate: 2019-02-04

Jonna S, Giaccone G, DS Subramaniam (2018)

Understanding molecular diagnostic technology in oncology through the lens of lung cancer.

Discovery medicine, 26(141):21-29.

Historically, advanced lung cancer conferred a poor prognosis, and chemotherapy only improved outcomes in patients with good performance status. The identification of certain molecular subtypes of non-small cell lung cancer changed the treatment paradigm by incorporating tumor genomic information into clinical decision-making. To meet the demands of this emerging approach, genomic technology rapidly expanded in an effort to detect specific driver mutations. While polymerase-chain reaction testing, immunohistochemistry, and fluorescent-in-situ hybridization have been standard-of-care, next-generation sequencing is increasingly replacing older technologies. Plasma-based testing is also gaining use given its convenience. Advances in molecular technology in this new era of precision medicine have led to the parallel development of companion diagnostics and novel tyrosine kinase inhibitors.

RevDate: 2018-12-12
CmpDate: 2018-12-12

Leeming W, A Barahona (2018)

Synthesis, convergence, and differences in the entangled histories of cytogenetics in medicine: A comparative study of Canada and Mexico.

Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences, 71:8-16.

Most historians of science and medicine agree that medical interest in genetics intensified after 1930, and interest in the relationship of radiation damage and genetics continued and expanded after World War II. Moreover, they maintain that the synthesis and convergence of human genetics and cytological techniques in European centers resulted in their dissemination to centers in the United States, resulting in a new field of expertise focused on medicine and clinical research, known as cytogenetics. In this article, we broaden the scope of the inquiry by showing how the early histories of cytogenetics in Canada and Mexico unfolded against strikingly different backgrounds in clinical research and the delivery of health care. We thus argue that the field of cytogenetics did not emerge in a straightforward manner and develop in the same way in all countries. The article provides a brief background to the history of human cytogenetics, and then outlines key developments related to the early adoption of cytogenetics in Canada and Mexico. Conclusions are then drawn using comparisons of the different ways in which local determinants affected adoption. We then propose directions for future study focused on the ways in which circuits of practices, collaborative research, and transfers of knowledge have shaped how cytogenetics has come to be organised in medicine around the world.

RevDate: 2019-02-25
CmpDate: 2019-02-25

Wilson JM (2018)

University Flunk-Out to Genomics Pioneer: An Interview with George Church, PhD.

Human gene therapy. Clinical development, 29(3):118-120.

RevDate: 2018-10-11
CmpDate: 2018-10-11

Lieberman J (2018)

Unveiling the RNA World.

The New England journal of medicine, 379(13):1278-1280.

RevDate: 2019-03-07
CmpDate: 2019-03-07

Harding SE, Channell G, MK Phillips-Jones (2018)

The discovery of hydrogen bonds in DNA and a re-evaluation of the 1948 Creeth two-chain model for its structure.

Biochemical Society transactions, 46(5):1171-1182.

We recall the experimental approaches involved in the discovery of hydrogen bonds in deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) made 70 years ago by a team of scientists at University College Nottingham led by J.M. Gulland, and in relation to previous studies. This discovery proved an important step in the elucidation of the correct structure for DNA made by J.D. Watson and F.H.C. Crick, as acknowledged in 'The Double Helix'. At that time of the discovery, however, it was impossible to delineate between inter- and intra-chain hydrogen bonds. We also consider in the light of more recent hydrodynamic theory a tentative model for DNA proposed by Gulland's and D.O. Jordan's PhD student J.M. Creeth in his PhD thesis of 1948, with the correct prediction of two chains with a sugar-phosphate backbone on the exterior and hydrogen-bonded bases between the nucleotide bases of opposite chains in the interior. Our analysis shows that his incorporation of alternating breaks in the two-chain structure was not necessary to explain the viscosity data on scission of hydrogen bonds after titrating to high or low pH. Although Creeth's model is a depiction of DNA structure alone, he could not know whether the hydrogen bonding was intermolecular, although this was subsequently proved correct by others. The mechanisms by which replicative processes occurred were of course unknown at that time, and so, he could not have realised how closely his tentative model resembled steps in some viral replicative mechanisms involving the molecule of life that he was working on.

RevDate: 2018-12-11
CmpDate: 2018-12-11

Schaeffer SW (2018)

Muller "Elements" in Drosophila: How the Search for the Genetic Basis for Speciation Led to the Birth of Comparative Genomics.

Genetics, 210(1):3-13.

The concept of synteny, or conservation of genes on the same chromosome, traces its origins to the early days of Drosophila genetics. This discovery emerged from comparisons of linkage maps from different species of Drosophila with the goal of understanding the process of speciation. H. J. Muller published a landmark article entitled Bearings of the "Drosophila" work on systematics, where he synthesized genetic and physical map data and proposed a model of speciation and chromosomal gene content conservation. These models have withstood the test of time with the advent of molecular genetic analysis from protein to genome level variation. Muller's ideas provide a framework to begin to answer questions about the evolutionary forces that shape the structure of the genome.

RevDate: 2019-02-15
CmpDate: 2019-02-12

Mezquita-Pla J (2018)

Gordon H. Dixon's trace in my personal career and the quantic jump experienced in regulatory information.

Systems biology in reproductive medicine, 64(6):448-468.

Even before Rosalin Franklin had discovered the DNA double helix, in her impressive X-ray diffraction image pattern, Erwin Schröedinger, described, in his excellent book, What is Life, how the finding of aperiodic crystals in biological systems surprised him (an aperiodic crystal, which, in my opinion is the material carrier of life). In the 21st century and still far from being able to define life, we are attending to a quick acceleration of knowledge on regulatory information. With the discovery of new codes and punctuation marks, we will greatly increase our understanding in front of an impressive avalanche of genomic sequences. Trifonov et al. defined a genetic code as a widespread DNA sequence pattern that carries a message with an impact on biology. These patterns are largely captured in transcribed messages that give meaning and identity to the particular cells. In this review, I will go through my personal career in and after my years of work in the laboratory of Gordon H. Dixon, extending toward the impressive acquisition of new knowledge on regulatory information and genetic codes provided by remarkable scientists in the field. Abbreviations: CA II: carbonic anhydridase II (chicken); Car2: carbonic anhydridase 2 (mouse); CpG islands: short (>0.5 kb) stretches of DNA with a G+C content ≥55%; DNMT1: DNA methyltransferases 1; DNMT3b: DNA methyltransferases 3B; DSB: double-strand DNA breaks; ERT: endogenous retrotransposon; ERV: endogenous retroviruses; ES cells: embryonic stem cells; GAPDH: glyceraldehide phosphate dehydrogenase; H1: histone H1; HATs: histone acetyltransferases; HDACs: histone deacetylases; H3K4me3: histone 3 trimethylated at lys 4; H3K79me2: histone 3 dimethylated at lys 79; HMG: high mobility group proteins; HMT: histone methyltransferase; HP1: heterochromatin protein 1; HR: homologous recombination; HSE: heat-shock element; ICRs: imprinted control regions; IRF: interferon regulatory factor; LDH-A/-B: lactate dehydrogenase A/B; LTR: long terminal repeats; MeCP2: methyl CpG binding protein 2; OCT4: octamer-binding transcription factor 4; PAF1: RNA Polymerase II associated factor 1; piRNA: PIWI-interacting RNA; poly(A) tails: poly-adenine tails; PRC2: polycomb repressive complex 2; PTMs: post-translational modifications; SIRT 1: sirtuin 1, silent information regulator; STAT3: signal transducer and activator of transcription; tRNAs: transfer RNA; tRFs: tRNA-derived fragments; TSS: transcription start site; TE: transposable elements; UB I: polyubiquitin I; UB II: polyubiquitin II; UBE 2N: ubiquitin conjugating enzyme E2N; 5'-UTR: 5'-untranslated sequences; 3'-UTR: 3'-untranslated sequences.

RevDate: 2019-02-15
CmpDate: 2019-02-13

Lombardo PA (2018)

The power of heredity and the relevance of eugenic history.

Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics, 20(11):1305-1311.

RevDate: 2019-01-07
CmpDate: 2019-01-07

Godde K (2018)

A new analysis interpreting Nilotic relationships and peopling of the Nile Valley.

Homo : internationale Zeitschrift fur die vergleichende Forschung am Menschen, 69(4):147-157.

The process of the peopling of the Nile Valley likely shaped the population structure and early biological similarity of Egyptians and Nubians. As others have noted, affinity among Nilotic populations was due to an aggregation of events, including environmental, linguistic, and sociopolitical changes over a great deal of time. This study seeks to evaluate the relationships of Nubian and Egyptian groups in the context of the original peopling event. Cranial nonmetric traits from 18 Nubian and Egyptian samples, spanning Lower Egypt to Lower Nubia and approximately 7400 years, were analyzed using Mahalanobis D2 as a measure of biological distance. A principal coordinates analysis and spatial-temporal model were applied to these data. The results reveal temporal and spatial patterning consistent with documented events in Egyptian and Nubian population history. Moreover, the Mesolithic Nubian sample clustered with later Nubian and Egyptian samples, indicating that events prior to the Mesolithic were important in shaping the later genetic patterning of the Nubian population. Later contact through the establishment of the Egyptian fort at Buhen, Kerma's position as a strategic trade center along the Nile, and Egyptian colonization at Tombos maintained genetic similarity among the populations.

RevDate: 2018-12-20
CmpDate: 2018-12-20

Segal NL (2018)

Symposium in Honor of Irving I. Gottesman (December 29, 1930-June 29, 2016).

Twin research and human genetics : the official journal of the International Society for Twin Studies, 21(4):281-284.

The June 2016 death of our esteemed colleague, Dr Irving I. Gottesman, was felt as an extreme loss at so many levels by colleagues, students, friends, and family across the globe. Irv's stellar contributions to the field of twin research will continue to be remembered and cited for many years to come. In commemoration of his life and work, I organized a symposium at the 16th meeting of the International Society for Twin Studies, held in Madrid, Spain, November 16-18, 2017. The panelists included mostly former students, as well as colleagues, who presented their scientific research and personal remarks reflecting Irv's profound influence in shaping their lives and careers. A chronology of Irv's academic positions and honors is included in the introduction to this special issue of Twin Research and Human Genetics, followed by brief sketches of the panel participants; their scholarly papers and personal reflections follow.

RevDate: 2019-02-15
CmpDate: 2019-02-08

Tavaré S, EO Buzbas (2018)

Introduction to the Paul Joyce special issue.

Theoretical population biology, 122:1-2.

RevDate: 2018-11-14
CmpDate: 2018-07-05

Weinberg SM, Cornell R, EJ Leslie (2018)

Craniofacial genetics: Where have we been and where are we going?.

PLoS genetics, 14(6):e1007438.

RevDate: 2018-12-21
CmpDate: 2018-12-21

Morrison PJ (2018)

Medical Myths and Legends: Presidential Address to the Ulster Medical Society. 6th October 2016.

The Ulster medical journal, 87(2):102-108.

RevDate: 2019-01-15
CmpDate: 2019-01-15

Anonymous (2018)

James Watson at 90.

FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, 32(6):2901-2902.

RevDate: 2019-01-15
CmpDate: 2019-01-15

Kropinski AM (2018)

Bacteriophage research - What we have learnt and what still needs to be addressed.

Research in microbiology, 169(9):481-487.

Research on bacteriophages has significantly enhanced our understanding of molecular biology, the genomes of prokaryotic cells, and viral ecology. Phages and lysins offer a viable alternative to the declining utility of antibiotics in this post-antibiotic era. They also provide ideal teaching tools for genomics and bioinformatics. This article touches on the first 100 years of phage research with the author commenting on what he thinks are the highlights, and what needs to be addressed.

RevDate: 2019-02-19
CmpDate: 2019-02-18

Karlin-Neumann G, F Bizouarn (2018)

Entering the Pantheon of 21st Century Molecular Biology Tools: A Perspective on Digital PCR.

Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.), 1768:3-10.

After several decades of relatively modest use, in the last several years digital PCR (dPCR) has grown to become the new gold standard for nucleic acid quantification. This coincides with the commercial availability of scalable, affordable, and reproducible droplet-based dPCR platforms in the past five years and has led to its rapid dissemination into diverse research fields and testing applications. Among these, it has been adopted most vigorously into clinical oncology where it is beginning to be used for plasma genotyping in cancer patients undergoing treatment. Additionally, innovation across the scientific community has extended the benefits of reaction partitioning beyond DNA and RNA quantification alone, and demonstrated its usefulness in evaluating DNA size and integrity, the physical linkage of colocalized markers, levels of enzyme activity and specific cation concentrations in a sample, and more. As dPCR technology gains in popularity and breadth, its power and simplicity can often be taken for granted; thus, the reader is reminded that due diligence must be exercised in order to make claims not only of precision but also of accuracy in their measurements.

RevDate: 2018-11-14
CmpDate: 2018-09-26

Jarvik GP (2018)

Arno G. Motulsky, MD (1923-2018): Holocaust survivor who cofounded the field of medical genetics.

Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics, 20(5):477-479.

RevDate: 2018-11-14
CmpDate: 2018-08-15

Doctrow B (2018)

QnAs with Howard Y. Chang.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115(19):4805-4806.

RevDate: 2018-11-14
CmpDate: 2018-09-24

Elloumi-Zghal H, H Chaabouni Bouhamed (2018)

Genetics and genomic medicine in Tunisia.

Molecular genetics & genomic medicine, 6(2):134-159.

RevDate: 2018-11-14
CmpDate: 2018-09-24

Leppig KA (2018)

Collaborations in medical genetics: 10-Year history of an ongoing Vietnamese-North American Collaboration.

Molecular genetics & genomic medicine, 6(2):129-133.

RevDate: 2018-12-11
CmpDate: 2018-12-11

Romero R (2018)

A Profile of Dennis Lo, DM, DPhil, FRCP, FRCPath, FRS.

American journal of obstetrics and gynecology, 218(4):371-378.

RevDate: 2018-08-29
CmpDate: 2018-08-29

Hill WG (2018)

Contributions to quantitative genetic models by Yule and by Weinberg prior to Fisher 1918.

Journal of animal breeding and genetics = Zeitschrift fur Tierzuchtung und Zuchtungsbiologie, 135(2):93-94.

RevDate: 2018-12-02
CmpDate: 2018-04-02

Ferguson-Smith AC, MS Bartolomei (2018)

Obituary: Denise Barlow (1950-2017).

Development (Cambridge, England), 145(5): pii:145/5/dev164616.

Anne Ferguson-Smith and Marisa Bartolomei look back at the life and science of Denise Barlow, a pioneer in genomic imprinting and epigenetics.

RevDate: 2018-11-14
CmpDate: 2018-06-25

Rusu I, Modi A, Vai S, et al (2018)

Maternal DNA lineages at the gate of Europe in the 10th century AD.

PloS one, 13(3):e0193578.

Given the paucity of archaeogenetic data available for medieval European populations in comparison to other historical periods, the genetic landscape of this age appears as a puzzle of dispersed, small, known pieces. In particular, Southeastern Europe has been scarcely investigated to date. In this paper, we report the study of mitochondrial DNA in 10th century AD human samples from Capidava necropolis, located in Dobruja (Southeastern Romania, Southeastern Europe). This geographical region is particularly interesting because of the extensive population flux following diverse migration routes, and the complex interactions between distinct population groups during the medieval period. We successfully amplified and typed the mitochondrial control region of 10 individuals. For five of them, we also reconstructed the complete mitochondrial genomes using hybridization-based DNA capture combined with Next Generation Sequencing. We have portrayed the genetic structure of the Capidava medieval population, represented by 10 individuals displaying 8 haplotypes (U5a1c2a, V1a, R0a2'3, H1, U3a, N9a9, H5e1a1, and H13a1a3). Remarkable for this site is the presence of both Central Asiatic (N9a) and common European mtDNA haplotypes, establishing Capidava as a point of convergence between East and West. The distribution of mtDNA lineages in the necropolis highlighted the existence of two groups of two individuals with close maternal relationships as they share the same haplotypes. We also sketch, using comparative statistical and population genetic analyses, the genetic relationships between the investigated dataset and other medieval and modern Eurasian populations.

RevDate: 2019-04-01
CmpDate: 2019-02-06

Charney AW (2018)

Pamela Sklar.

Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 43(5):1191-1192.

RevDate: 2018-10-16
CmpDate: 2018-10-16

Jones ED (2018)

Ancient DNA: a history of the science before Jurassic Park.

Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences, 68-69:1-14.

RevDate: 2019-01-07
CmpDate: 2019-01-07

von Heijne G (2018)

Membrane protein serendipity.

The Journal of biological chemistry, 293(10):3470-3476.

My scientific career has taken me from chemistry, via theoretical physics and bioinformatics, to molecular biology and even structural biology. Along the way, serendipity led me to work on problems such as the identification of signal peptides that direct protein trafficking, membrane protein biogenesis, and cotranslational protein folding. I've had some great collaborations that came about because of a stray conversation or from following up on an interesting paper. And I've had the good fortune to be asked to sit on the Nobel Committee for Chemistry, where I am constantly reminded of the amazing pace and often intricate history of scientific discovery. Could I have planned this? No way! I just went with the flow ….

RevDate: 2018-12-11
CmpDate: 2018-12-11

Brunner HG (2018)

2017 Curt Stern Award Introduction: Nico Katsanis.

American journal of human genetics, 102(3):354.

RevDate: 2018-12-11
CmpDate: 2018-12-11

Cox NJ (2018)

2017 Presidential Address: Checking, Balancing, and Celebrating Diversity: Celebrating Some of the Women Who Paved the Way.

American journal of human genetics, 102(3):342-349.

RevDate: 2019-01-23
CmpDate: 2019-01-23

Papatriantafyllou M (2018)

Centre for Genomic Regulation - a hub for Integrative Biology in Barcelona.

FEBS letters, 592(6):833-837.

RevDate: 2019-03-01
CmpDate: 2018-10-02

Salzano FM (2018)

The Evolution of Science in a Latin-American Country: Genetics and Genomics in Brazil.

Genetics, 208(3):823-832.

This article begins with a brief overview of the history of Brazil and that of Brazilian science, from the European discovery of the country in 1500 up to the early 21st century. The history of the fields of genetics and genomics, from the 1930s, is then first examined from the focal point of the lives and publications of the three persons who are generally considered to be the founders of genetics in Brazil (C. A. Krug, F. G. Brieger, and A. Dreyfus), and then by 12 other researchers up to 1999. The area of molecular genetics and genomics from 2000 to present is then described. Despite the problems of underdevelopment and the periodical political and economic crises that have affected life in Brazil, the fields of genetics and genomics in Brazil can be regarded as having developed at an appropriate pace, and have contributed in several major ways to world science.

RevDate: 2018-11-13
CmpDate: 2018-09-19

Palkopoulou E, Lipson M, Mallick S, et al (2018)

A comprehensive genomic history of extinct and living elephants.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115(11):E2566-E2574.

Elephantids are the world's most iconic megafaunal family, yet there is no comprehensive genomic assessment of their relationships. We report a total of 14 genomes, including 2 from the American mastodon, which is an extinct elephantid relative, and 12 spanning all three extant and three extinct elephantid species including an ∼120,000-y-old straight-tusked elephant, a Columbian mammoth, and woolly mammoths. Earlier genetic studies modeled elephantid evolution via simple bifurcating trees, but here we show that interspecies hybridization has been a recurrent feature of elephantid evolution. We found that the genetic makeup of the straight-tusked elephant, previously placed as a sister group to African forest elephants based on lower coverage data, in fact comprises three major components. Most of the straight-tusked elephant's ancestry derives from a lineage related to the ancestor of African elephants while its remaining ancestry consists of a large contribution from a lineage related to forest elephants and another related to mammoths. Columbian and woolly mammoths also showed evidence of interbreeding, likely following a latitudinal cline across North America. While hybridization events have shaped elephantid history in profound ways, isolation also appears to have played an important role. Our data reveal nearly complete isolation between the ancestors of the African forest and savanna elephants for ∼500,000 y, providing compelling justification for the conservation of forest and savanna elephants as separate species.

RevDate: 2019-02-15
CmpDate: 2019-02-07

Viggiano D, Zacchia M, Simonelli F, et al (2018)

The renal lesions in Bardet-Biedl Syndrome: history before and after the discovery of BBS genes.

Giornale italiano di nefrologia : organo ufficiale della Societa italiana di nefrologia, 35(Suppl 70):95-100.

RevDate: 2018-10-23
CmpDate: 2018-10-23

Anonymous (2018)

Alternative Genetics.

FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, 32(2):537-539.

RevDate: 2018-07-23
CmpDate: 2018-07-23

Silva L (2018)

A Brief History of Biochemical Genetics' 50 Years and a Reflection About Past and Present Research Directions.

Biochemical genetics, 56(1-2):1-6.

RevDate: 2018-12-11
CmpDate: 2018-12-11

Stolarek I, Juras A, Handschuh L, et al (2018)

A mosaic genetic structure of the human population living in the South Baltic region during the Iron Age.

Scientific reports, 8(1):2455.

Despite the increase in our knowledge about the factors that shaped the genetic structure of the human population in Europe, the demographic processes that occurred during and after the Early Bronze Age (EBA) in Central-East Europe remain unclear. To fill the gap, we isolated and sequenced DNAs of 60 individuals from Kowalewko, a bi-ritual cemetery of the Iron Age (IA) Wielbark culture, located between the Oder and Vistula rivers (Kow-OVIA population). The collected data revealed high genetic diversity of Kow-OVIA, suggesting that it was not a small isolated population. Analyses of mtDNA haplogroup frequencies and genetic distances performed for Kow-OVIA and other ancient European populations showed that Kow-OVIA was most closely linked to the Jutland Iron Age (JIA) population. However, the relationship of both populations to the preceding Late Neolithic (LN) and EBA populations were different. We found that this phenomenon is most likely the consequence of the distinct genetic history observed for Kow-OVIA women and men. Females were related to the Early-Middle Neolithic farmers, whereas males were related to JIA and LN Bell Beakers. In general, our findings disclose the mechanisms that could underlie the formation of the local genetic substructures in the South Baltic region during the IA.

RevDate: 2018-12-02
CmpDate: 2018-09-04

Rose JP, Kleist TJ, Löfstrand SD, et al (2018)

Phylogeny, historical biogeography, and diversification of angiosperm order Ericales suggest ancient Neotropical and East Asian connections.

Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 122:59-79.

Inferring interfamilial relationships within the eudicot order Ericales has remained one of the more recalcitrant problems in angiosperm phylogenetics, likely due to a rapid, ancient radiation. As a result, no comprehensive time-calibrated tree or biogeographical analysis of the order has been published. Here, we elucidate phylogenetic relationships within the order and then conduct time-dependent biogeographical and diversification analyses by using a taxon and locus-rich supermatrix approach on one-third of the extant species diversity calibrated with 23 macrofossils and two secondary calibration points. Our results corroborate previous studies and also suggest several new but poorly supported relationships. Newly suggested relationships are: (1) holoparasitic Mitrastemonaceae is sister to Lecythidaceae, (2) the clade formed by Mitrastemonaceae + Lecythidaceae is sister to Ericales excluding balsaminoids, (3) Theaceae is sister to the styracoids + sarracenioids + ericoids, and (4) subfamilial relationships with Ericaceae suggest that Arbutoideae is sister to Monotropoideae and Pyroloideae is sister to all subfamilies excluding Arbutoideae, Enkianthoideae, and Monotropoideae. Our results indicate Ericales began to diversify 110 Mya, within Indo-Malaysia and the Neotropics, with exchange between the two areas and expansion out of Indo-Malaysia becoming an important area in shaping the extant diversity of many families. Rapid cladogenesis occurred along the backbone of the order between 104 and 106 Mya. Jump dispersal is important within the order in the last 30 My, but vicariance is the most important cladogenetic driver of disjunctions at deeper levels of the phylogeny. We detect between 69 and 81 shifts in speciation rate throughout the order, the vast majority of which occurred within the last 30 My. We propose that range shifting may be responsible for older shifts in speciation rate, but more recent shifts may be better explained by morphological innovation.

RevDate: 2019-03-20
CmpDate: 2019-02-19

Biesecker BB, LG Biesecker (2018)

50 Years Ago in The Journal of Pediatrics: The Rationale for Genetic Counseling.

The Journal of pediatrics, 193:33.

RevDate: 2018-12-02
CmpDate: 2018-03-12

Singh J (2017)

Amar Klar: A giant among scientists (1947-2017).

Journal of biosciences, 42(3):355-357.

RevDate: 2018-08-29
CmpDate: 2018-08-29

James JW (2018)

A century later.

Journal of animal breeding and genetics = Zeitschrift fur Tierzuchtung und Zuchtungsbiologie, 135(1):1-2.

RevDate: 2018-11-13
CmpDate: 2018-07-20

Ravindran S (2018)

Profile of Scott W. Lowe.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115(4):630-632.

RevDate: 2018-08-16
CmpDate: 2018-08-16

Creager ANH (2017)

A Chemical Reaction to the Historiography of Biology.

Ambix, 64(4):343-359.

This article examines the often-overlooked role of chemical ideas and practices in the history of modern biology. The first section analyses how the conventional histories of the life sciences have, through the twentieth century, come to focus nearly exclusively on evolutionary theory and genetics, and why this storyline is inadequate. The second section elaborates on what the restricted neo-Darwinian history of biology misses, noting a variety of episodes in the history of biology that relied on developments in - or tools from - chemistry, including an example from the author's own work. The diverse ways in which biologists have used chemical approaches often relate to the concrete, infrastructural side of research; a more inclusive history thus also connects to a historiography of materials and objects in science.

RevDate: 2018-12-02
CmpDate: 2018-10-15

Taskent RO, O Gokcumen (2017)

The Multiple Histories of Western Asia: Perspectives from Ancient and Modern Genomes.

Human biology, 89(2):107-117.

Western Asia lies at the heart of the Old World, in the midst of Africa, Asia, and Europe. As such, this region has been populated and repopulated by myriad peoples, starting with the first migrants from Africa. All evidence points to Western Asia for the beginnings of sedentary life, and indeed, first the villages and later the cities of this land remain as archaeological wonders, revealing complex histories of multiple peoples and their interactions. With the wondrous breakthroughs in genomic studies, we now have the power to look at these histories with a truly quantitative lens. Here, we review the recent anthropological genomics literature pertaining to this region, with an outlook for the future challenges and exciting possibilities for the field.

RevDate: 2018-10-15
CmpDate: 2018-10-15

Vukelic A, Cohen JA, Sullivan AP, et al (2017)

Extending Genome-Wide Association Study Results to Test Classic Anthropological Hypotheses: Human Third Molar Agenesis and the "Probable Mutation Effect".

Human biology, 89(2):157-169.

A genome-wide association study (GWAS) identifies regions of the genome that likely affect the variable state of a phenotype of interest. These regions can then be studied with population genetic methods to make inferences about the evolutionary history of the trait. There are increasing opportunities to use GWAS results-even from clinically motivated studies-for tests of classic anthropological hypotheses. One such example, presented here as a case study for this approach, involves tooth development variation related to dental crowding. Specifically, more than 10% of humans fail to develop one or more permanent third molars (M3 agenesis). M3 presence/absence variation within human populations has a significant genetic component (heritability estimate h 2 = 0.47). The evolutionary significance of M3 agenesis has a long history of anthropological speculation. First, the modern frequency of M3 agenesis could reflect a relaxation of selection pressure to retain larger and more teeth following the origins of cooking and other food-softening behaviors (i.e., the genetic drift hypothesis or, classically, the "probable mutation effect"). Alternatively, commensurate with increasing hominin brain size and facial shortening, M3 agenesis may have conferred an adaptive fitness advantage if it reduced the risk of M3 impaction and potential health complications (i.e., the positive selection hypothesis). A recent GWAS identified 70 genetic loci that may play a role in human M3 presence/absence variation. To begin evaluating the contrasting evolutionary scenarios for M3 agenesis, we used the integrated haplotype score (iHS) statistic to test whether those 70 genetic regions are enriched for genomic signatures of recent positive selection. None of our findings are inconsistent with the null hypothesis of genetic drift to explain the high prevalence of human M3 agenesis. This result might suggest that M3 impaction rates for modern humans do not accurately retrodict those of the preagricultural past. Alternatively, the absence of support for the positive selection hypothesis could reflect a lack of power; this analysis should be repeated following the completion of more comprehensive GWAS analyses for human M3 agenesis.


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Robbins holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in the life sciences. He served as a tenured faculty member in the Zoology and Biological Science departments at Michigan State University. He is currently exploring the intersection between genomics, microbial ecology, and biodiversity — an area that promises to transform our understanding of the biosphere.


Robbins has extensive experience in college-level education: At MSU he taught introductory biology, genetics, and population genetics. At JHU, he was an instructor for a special course on biological database design. At FHCRC, he team-taught a graduate-level course on the history of genetics. At Bellevue College he taught medical informatics.


Robbins has been involved in science administration at both the federal and the institutional levels. At NSF he was a program officer for database activities in the life sciences, at DOE he was a program officer for information infrastructure in the human genome project. At the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, he served as a vice president for fifteen years.


Robbins has been involved with information technology since writing his first Fortran program as a college student. At NSF he was the first program officer for database activities in the life sciences. At JHU he held an appointment in the CS department and served as director of the informatics core for the Genome Data Base. At the FHCRC he was VP for Information Technology.


While still at Michigan State, Robbins started his first publishing venture, founding a small company that addressed the short-run publishing needs of instructors in very large undergraduate classes. For more than 20 years, Robbins has been operating The Electronic Scholarly Publishing Project, a web site dedicated to the digital publishing of critical works in science, especially classical genetics.


Robbins is well-known for his speaking abilities and is often called upon to provide keynote or plenary addresses at international meetings. For example, in July, 2012, he gave a well-received keynote address at the Global Biodiversity Informatics Congress, sponsored by GBIF and held in Copenhagen. The slides from that talk can be seen HERE.


Robbins is a skilled meeting facilitator. He prefers a participatory approach, with part of the meeting involving dynamic breakout groups, created by the participants in real time: (1) individuals propose breakout groups; (2) everyone signs up for one (or more) groups; (3) the groups with the most interested parties then meet, with reports from each group presented and discussed in a subsequent plenary session.


Robbins has been engaged with photography and design since the 1960s, when he worked for a professional photography laboratory. He now prefers digital photography and tools for their precision and reproducibility. He designed his first web site more than 20 years ago and he personally designed and implemented this web site. He engages in graphic design as a hobby.

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