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Dr. Warren Lathe receives Fellowship Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

OpenHelix (www.openhelix.com) announced today that its Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Warren (Trey) Lathe will be taking a one year sabbatical to fulfill a Science and Technology  Policy fellowship at the National Science Foundation working with the Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering.

The Science and Technology Policy fellowship is administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) with the goal of having accomplished scientists and engineers participate in and contribute to the federal policymaking process.

“This is a fellowship that I have wanted to participate in for some time,” explained Dr. Warren (Trey) Lathe, “I’m excited to use my education, past education experience, and nearly ten years at OpenHelix to contribute to policy on computing and online education.”

The fellowships are highly competitive and use a peer-review selection process. Review is followed by individual interviews in Washington D.C. and conducted by selection committees comprised of professionals with expertise in the interface of science, technology and policy.

“Surely Trey will be missed for the year that he will be at the fellowship,” said Dr. Mary Mangan, OpenHelix President, “but luckily we have built a strong team that will assure continued success and growth at OpenHelix while giving Trey the year long opportunity to contribute to an extremely important policy area for the scientific community we serve.”

About OpenHelix, LLC.
OpenHelix, LLC, provides the genomics knowledge you need when you need it. OpenHelix provides online self-run tutorials, web seminars, and on-site training for institutions and companies on the most powerful and popular free, web based, publicly accessible bioinformatics resources. In addition, OpenHelix also is contracted by resource providers to provide comprehensive, long-term training and outreach programs.

OpenHelix has its headquarters in Seattle, with offices in San Francisco and Boston. Further information can be found on www.openhelix.com or by calling 1-888-861-5051.

Summary of webinar “CNVs vs. SNPs: Understanding Human Structural Variation in Disease”

NHGRI CNV image Do you still believe that monozygotic, or identical, twins online canadian pharmacy are really genetically identical?

Or that we are all 99.9% genetically similar to each other? Well I certainly did, and boy was I wrong!

It turns out that CNVs (Copy Number Variations) are causing the “facts” some of us learned in Molecular Biology 101 to be rewritten. If you, like me, thought that what you learned years ago was still true, then there is a great webinar you may want to watch. It is brought to you by Science/AAAS, and it features three prominent experts in genetic variability, Drs. Charles Lee, Lars Feuk and Alexandra Blakemore.

The moderator is Dr. Sean Sanders, who is the Commercial Editor of Science. Even those of you that are up to speed on the current research can find many interesting facts and learn about the new techniques used to study CNVs, or just genetic variability in general. It turns out that CNVs are much more prevalent than was previously thought. You hear so much about SNPs that it seems like they are the source of genetic variability that we should be most concerned about, but CNVs are catching up real fast. This new field is rapidly advancing because of major technology breakthroughs.

All of the panelists present a short talk highlighting the prevalence, importance and experimental limitations of studying CNVs and their role in normal human variability, as well as in disease. They present some of their own data and discuss the future direction of this young field. This is followed by a very interesting question and answer session where they allowed listeners to email their questions. It may even turn out that CNVs are the reason that your personality, IQ, height and weight differ from your colleagues, friends and family. So not only is this an exciting new field, but it is certainly one we can all relate to! Continue reading