The fat gene, healing arts, organ donation and more in this week’s LabBook, our weekly roundup of University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences research news from our blogs, around campus and the internet.
Last two weeks on the blog:
- A new gallery of artwork in the Center for Care and Discovery speaks to the healing power of art.
- An international team of scientists discovered that a distant gene on the genome called IRX3 appears to be the actual functional obesity gene.
- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a new plan to increase funding for biomedical research by $150 billion over 10 years.
- American Muslims who interpret negative events in life as punishment from God are less likely to believe that donating organs after death is ethical than those with a more positive outlook.
From our partner blog UChicago Cancer Conversations:
- Dr. Sonia Kupfer writes about how to help patients who are genetically predisposed to colorectal cancer take proactive steps to manage their health.
- A weekly roundup includes new research on child care and treatment, IBD-associated colorectal cancer, ibrutinib and gliboblastoma.
Research around the web:
- A group led by endocrinologist Samuel Refetoff published a new report providing more detailed classifications for inherited thyroid disorders.
- Nature posted its own news coverage of Marcelo Nobrega’s research on the newly discovered fat gene.
- UChicago and the Marine Biological Laboratory announced the first recipients of the Lillie Awards for collaborative research, to fund transformative biological discoveries based at MBL.
- Finally, mark your calendars for April 3, when the Science on the Screen film series presents an advance screening of the new PBS series “Your Inner Fish,” featuring UChicago biologist Neil Shubin. The event will be held at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on campus. Admission is free as long as you RSVP online.