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Scientists replay movie encoded in DNA
Molecular Recorder would reveal secrets of brain development...
For the first time, a primitive movie has been encoded in and then played back from DNA in living cells. Scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health say it is a major step toward a molecular recorder that may someday make it possible to get read-outs, for example, of the changing internal states of neurons as they develop.
The ability to record such sequential events like a movie at the molecular level is key to the idea of reinventing the very concept of recording using molecular engineering, say the researchers. In this scheme, cells themselves could be induced to record molecular events such as changes in gene expression over time in their own genomes. Then the information could be retrieved simply by sequencing the genomes of the cells it is stored in.
The NIH Loan Repayment Programs
The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers.
The LRPs counteract that financial pressure by repaying up to $35,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. Since tomorrow's medical breakthroughs will be made by investigators starting in their research careers today, the LRPs represent an important investment by NIH in the future of health discovery and the wellbeing of the Nation.
Online Application Period Sep 1, 2017 - Nov 15, 2017