Duplicates of human DNA that don't manufacture proteins help differentiate humans from other primates and may be responsible for diseases that only occur in humans, according to findings presented at the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting. Researchers say that duplicated genes may also be linked to the development of the brain.
Quickly sequencing the genomes of babies born with congenital abnormalities while they are still in intensive care may lessen the length of their hospital stay and result in better health outcomes, according to findings presented at the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting. Researchers pointed to six case studies to support their conclusion.
Bergey Windpower in Norman, Okla., has been awarded a $249,000 grant from the Energy Department to develop a more affordable wind power system. The company plans to design a small-scale wind tower to accommodate a home wind system, and it won't require a concrete base.
The National Science Foundation has awarded researchers at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Harte Research Institute emergency funding worth almost $183,000 to examine how Hurricane Harvey has affected coastal ecosystems. Researchers will study chemical and biological changes in estuaries and a bay.
Students in an Illinois school district next year could begin using a comprehensive career- and college-planning tool, which includes web features and a mobile app. The Hobsons Naviance program would allow students to track the completion of college applications and scholarships.
Officials in New York state are considering a new way for students to earn a high-school diploma: by completing a capstone project. The debate comes as officials are considering whether the Regents exams currently in place are effective.
High-school students in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri are earning college credits in automotive repair at Southeastern Community College. Cordell Scarborough, a high-school junior enrolled in the program, says he plans to open his own auto mechanic shop one day.
A school district in Alabama is planning to hire a full-time career technical supervisor amid a renewed focus on career and technical education. Programs will be focused on auto tech, building construction, culinary, health science, machine-tooling, welding, electrical and sheet metal.
High-school students in Minnesota enrolled in a construction occupations program are working to build a house, which should be completed by June. Students in the program say they now are considering careers in the skilled trades.
A recent survey by Strada Education Network and Gallup considers what advice people found most helpful when choosing a college major. Results found that people were less likely to have second thoughts about their major if they took work-based sources into consideration.