If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend an NICHD Exchange meeting, I highly recommend that you check one out. The topics are noteworthy, often coinciding with issues of general public interest. We recap the first Exchange meeting of the year for our feature article this month. The theme: genome editing. You’ve likely encountered genetic modification in the lab, on the news, or even in the grocery store. This Exchange meeting gave participants a platform to explore the risks and benefits of playing with DNA—especially our own.
While discussing one type of gene editing method, CRISPR/Cas9, my friend and I joked that CRISPR will one day become as rudimentary as PCR. No doubt, early career trainees stand at an exciting time in genetic research. So please join The NICHD Connection as we congratulate our recent PhD graduates. We wish them well on their scientific journeys, equipped with technology that will open fascinating lines of investigation.
For those still in training, Suna Gulay’s “Rep Report” and the April announcements deliver ways to engage in communication and career development opportunities on campus. Don’t know where to start? Feel free to contact Drs. Yvette Pittman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Erin Walsh (email@example.com) in the NICHD Office of Education. They are happy to help you identify opportunities that work for you!
Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD
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