The gene Ade2 links metabolism and sleep in the fat bodies of Drosophila. All animals need to eat and sleep. In fact, these critical behaviors are intertwined: animals adjust their sleep needs based on food availability and energy storage. In a Featured article in G3, Yurgel et al. delved into the molecular mechanisms that connect sleep and metabolism in the fruit fly. A growing body of evidence suggests that the fat body, an adipose-like organ in Drosophila responsible for fat storage and detoxification, regulates complex behaviors—but little is known about its relationship to sleep. Somewhat analogous to the mammalian liver,...


Karen Mruk

New Faculty Profiles allow GSA members who are establishing their first labs to introduce themselves to our wider community. If you’d like to submit your profile, please complete this form. Karen Mruk Assistant Professor at the School of Pharmacy: Programs in Neuroscience, Biomedical Sciences, and Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences University of Wyoming Lab website Briefly describe the ongoing and expected research projects as your lab gets up and running. In the CNS, specialized cells work together to differentiate, wire, and later die to form a completely integrated system. As a chemical biologist, I integrate chemistry, organismal biology, and cellular/molecular techniques to investigate the...


Guest authors Sanjai Patel and Andreas Prokop explain why school biology lessons are important places to advocate fundamental biomedical research, and they present strategies developed by the Manchester Fly Facility to bring Drosophila research into primary and secondary classrooms. The need for fundamental biology research has perhaps never been greater than today, yet the conditions for meaningful biology research are in dire straits (e.g. 15; 5; 46; 42; 23; 25; 16; 12; bulliedintobadscience.org). Rectifying this situation requires science communication (scicomm) based on genuine long-term commitment paired with clever, engaging, and impactful strategies and narratives — aspiring to reach out to...


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Pillars of the community

December 31, 2018

GSA President Jeannie Lee announces a new Strategic Plan for GSA. When I became President earlier this year, I set out with two major goals in mind for the Society in 2018:  (1) To establish a new Strategic Plan that would map out a vibrant 5-10 year future for our community that includes scholarship, support for geneticists at all career stages, public engagement, and advocacy; and (2) to set us on a course for long-term fiscal sustainability in order to reach our ambitious goals.   More than ever, science depends on teamwork. That extends to scientific societies — just like...


Scientist and manager Amanda Young develops applications for next-generation sequencing at Illumina. She talks about how careers in product development broadly impact the scientific community and how you can tailor your skills to land a job. In the Decoding Life series, we talk to geneticists with diverse career paths, tracing the many directions possible after research training. This series is brought to you by the GSA Early Career Scientist Career Development Subcommittee. Amanda Young completed her PhD in biology at MIT with Phil Sharp as part of a group that was developing methods for building sequencing libraries from RNA. She did a short...