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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

October 2020

Janine Santos Ph.D.
Changes to epigenome driven by energy powerhouse of cells

NIEHS study shows that disruptions to mitochondria can alter how genes are expressed, with long-lasting ramifications.

SARS-CoV-2 virus particles emerging from cells
SARS-CoV-2 blocked by newly discovered nanobodies — from a llama

Antibody fragments that blocked the novel coronavirus from entering human cells show promise for treating COVID-19, yet need more study.

Jeannie Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Falk lecture highlights critical X chromosome interplay in early life

Jeannie Lee shared her groundbreaking research into X-chromosome inactivation, a key process in female embryonic development.

COVID-19 particle and DNS strand
COVID-19 research funding targets role of genes, environment

NIEHS and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases seek to understand why some people are more vulnerable to the disease.

person in protective suit taking a water sample
Links between environment, genetic changes explored at society meeting

NIEHS scientists discussed mitochondrial mutations, RNA modifications, and more at Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society meeting.

Robert Sills, D.V.M, Ph.D.
Rodent tumors from cancer studies look like human tumors

Findings build confidence in the human relevance of data from animal models of cancer.

Kembra Howdeshell, Ph.D.
NTP scoping reviews identify research gaps, recommend further study

Reviews of progestogens, paraquat, and neonicotinoid pesticides are among the first of a new type of National Toxicology Program report.

DNA helix
National security, environment overlap in ambitious research project

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency seeks to better understand how harmful agents may affect the human epigenome.

Chris Weis, Ph.D.
PFAS research shared at federal workshop hosted by NIEHS

Scientists discussed potential effects on development and reproduction, and ways to improve hazard assessment.

Cynthia Rider, Ph.D.
Arsenic, fluorescent mice, and PFAS among topics at tox conference

The 2020 meeting of the North Carolina Society of Toxicology included a career panel and presentations by NIEHS early-career scientists.

Mitch Williams
COVID-19 safety plan brought all hands on deck at NIEHS

Behind-the-scenes efforts ensured employees can return safely to work and have resulted in zero on-site transmissions.

United States ICCVAM Advancing Alternatives to Animal Testing
Nonanimal safety testing requires data quality, measures of success

Experts at federal meeting focus on areas for reducing animal use in testing.

face divided in half with damaged skin on one side and clear skin on the other
Teen spends summers studying her own skin disorder

Her research on the rare condition xeroderma pigmentosum could help explain why some people are at greater risk of developing skin cancer.

NIEHS Awards Ceremony
Awards in abundance at combined NIEHS ceremony

The virtual event warmly celebrated the hard work, innovation, and team spirit at NIEHS, even without handshakes or hugs.

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Huei-Chen Lee, Ph.D.
NIEHS pandemic vulnerability tool a hit in Wake County school

New lesson plans enhance students' critical thinking skills by encouraging them to assess various COVID-19 risk factors.


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