2009 NEWS ARCHIVES

Why King Kong Failed to Impress 
Humans have the same receptors for detecting odors related to sex as do other apes and primates. But each species uses them in different ways, stemming from the way the genes for these receptors have evolved over time, according to Duke University researchers.
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Mosquito Biology and Biotechnology Conference
This conference, focusing on reducing the burden of mosquito-borne diseases, will be held at the Washington Duke Inn on November 23rd and 24th.
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Viral Oncology and AIDS Malignancy Mini-Symposium 
The next Duke Center for Virology mini-symposium is scheduled for Monday, December 7, 2009. The symposium will be held in the Bryan Research Building, Room 103 from 8:30 to 11:30am and will feature three presentations from internationally recognized experts in the field.
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Shertz Receives Marcy Speer Memorial Scholarship
Cecelia Shertz, a graduate student in the University Program in Genetics and Genomics and the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, has received the Marcy Speer Memorial Scholarship.
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DNA Tested for Athletic Genetic Factors
This ESPN report on personalized genetic training features Huntington Willard, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy (IGSP).

Genome Sequence Published for Important Biofuels Yeast 
A strain of yeast that thrives on turning sugar cane and other tough grasses into ethanol that might be used as biofuel has had its genome completely sequenced by researchers at Duke University Medical Center.
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New Biomarker Predicts Response to Hepatitis C Treatment
Researchers have identified the first genetic marker that predicts response to hepatitis C treatments, and a single letter of DNA code appears to make a huge difference.
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Yeast Missing Sex Genes Undergo Unexpected Sexual Reproduction 
An emerging form of the pathogenic yeast Candida is able to complete a full sexual cycle in a test tube, even though it’s missing the genes for reproduction. And it may also do so while infecting us, according to Duke University Medical Center researchers.
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Discovery Leads to Rapid Mouse Personalized Trials in Breast Cancer 
Using a finding that the genetic complexity of tumors in mice parallels that in humans, researchers at the Duke University Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy and Duke University Medical Center are starting trial studies in mice, just like human clinical trials, to evaluate whether understanding tumor diversity can improve cancer treatment.
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Willard Receives Allan Award from the American Society of Human Genetics 
Huntington Willard, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Genome Sciences and Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy has been selected to receive the Allan Award by the American Society of Human Genetics.
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2009 Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Annual Retreat 
The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Annual Retreat is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2009 in the Schiciano Auditorium of the Fitzpatrick Building (Pratt School of Engineering) from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.

Heitman to Chair the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Joseph Heitman, M.D., Ph.D., James B. Duke Professor, Director of the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, and former Director of the Duke University Program in Genetics and Genomics, has been named Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center.
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Duke Scholars in Infectious Diseases Program 
The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, in conjunction with the the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and Adult Infectious Diseases, announces the Duke Scholars in Infectious Diseases Program (DSID).
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Aballay Receives Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure
The Duke University Medical Center Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology recently promoted Alejandro Aballay, PhD, to Associate Professor with tenure.
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Chi Selected as 2009 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases
Jen-Tsan Ashley Chi, MD, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the Duke University Medical Center was selected as a 2009 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases.
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Scientists Identify Host Factors Critical to Dengue Virus Infection 
By painstakingly silencing genes one at a time, scientists at Duke University Medical Center have identified dozens of proteins the dengue fever virus depends upon to grow and spread among mosquitoes and humans.
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Petes and Cullen Elected 2009 Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) 
Thomas D. Petes, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and Bryan Cullen, PhD, James B. Duke professor and director of the Center for Virology in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology have been selected as 2009 Fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM).
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