GREAT workshop enhances high school life sciences education

HudsonAlpha Institute delivers educational outreach program to Auburn area teachers

Huntsville, Ala. and Auburn, Ala. -- Science is a discipline in motion; discoveries continually impact how life and life processes are understood and addressed. The perpetual influx of information means life sciences educators face a difficult challenge when it comes to selecting and assimilating current discoveries into meaningful content for students.

NPR features HudsonAlpha's involvement in cat coloration study

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September 20, 2012


At this point it's just an interesting hypothesis, but it's possible that understanding cat coloration could help scientists understand resistance to infectious diseases.
Here's the connection. Stephen O'Brien and colleagues at a variety of institutions including the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Ala., and Stanford University in California have worked out some of the genetic pathways that explain why "some cats are spotted, some cats have stripes, some cats have what we call blotches, and other cats don't have any of that, they just have a black or a lion-like color," says O'Brien.

Shining a light on human variation

One of the most interesting things about people is how different we are from each other. Work published recently by a large international consortium, including Lindsay Waite at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, reports that sequence variants in one specific gene influence the amount of variation in a group of people’s body mass index, or BMI.

How the cat got his blotches

As any cat lover knows, distinct patterns of dark and light hair color are apparent not only in house cats but also in their wild relatives, from cheetahs to tigers to snow leopards. Researchers at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and Stanford University, along with colleagues around the world, today reported new genetic findings that help to understand the molecular basis of these patterns in all felines.

The Birmingham News features ENCODE, highlights HudsonAlpha

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The Birmingham News
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September 15, 2012


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- This month, 442 researchers from 32 institutions around the world -- including the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville -- simultaneously published 30 papers that unveil an incredibly complex glimpse of the human genome.
The work begins to resolve several mysteries, including why some people are more susceptible than others to cancers, autoimmune diseases and metabolic disorders.
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GREAT educators facilitate student achievement

Genetic Resources to Empower Alabama Teachers designed to meet future needs

Scientists are constantly making discoveries that impact how life and life processes are understood and addressed.  This perpetual influx of information makes it challenging for life sciences educators to sort, select and assimilate current discoveries into meaningful content for life sciences students. The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, with support from the state of Alabama, has a GREAT solution to help Alabama’s life sciences educators.

More on ENCODE

Educational resource on YouTube

Still not sure if you really understand what it's all about? Listen to Rick Myers, Ph.D., president and director of HudsonAlpha and Neil Lamb, Ph.D., HudsonAlpha's director of educational outreach, explain the project.  here


ENCODE continues process to translate book of life


HudsonAlpha takes part in publishing genomic insights
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- A milestone in genomic research achieved and shared by an international team working on the ENCODE Project, including scientists from the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, means the task of interpreting an individual’s genome and better understanding human disease risk is getting closer to realization.

TransOMIC, HudsonAlpha's newest resident associate company, featured in The Huntsville Times

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The Huntsville Times
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August 22, 2012

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has launched a biotech company to serve the booming market in genetic research. Transomic Technologies is the 22nd company housed, started or incubated atHudsonAlpha since the institute opened in Huntsville in 2007. Like most of the others, it has its roots in breakthroughs in gene knowledge and the ongoing search for more breakthroughs.

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