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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

Your Online Source for NIEHS News

October 2020

Kenneth Olden, Ph.D.

Olden Distinguished Lecture highlights economic inequality and health

Former NIEHS Director Kenneth Olden inaugurates a series recognizing exceptional scientists from underrepresented groups.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

National security, environment overlap in ambitious research project
DNA helix

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards in abundance at combined NIEHS ceremony
NIEHS Awards Ceremony

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

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

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


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