Can a blood test be used to screen for cancer? 

Can a blood test be used to screen for cancer? 

This question was addressed in a recent NEJM article which investigated if checking for the Epstein-Barr virus (EBM) in plasma samples would be a useful screening test for nasopharyngeal carcinoma in patients with no symptoms of the disease. 

To understand how this prospective study was conducted and learn about the results, read the article or watch the NEJM’s quick take video:

Check out additional articles on genetics research in Dr. Charles Macri’s online Genetics Journal Club.
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Study Break – Fun DC Events in Sept!

Enjoy a study break this September and take advantage of one of these events in Washington, DC!   Healthy Living @ Himmelfarb can help you find great ways to explore DC to refresh yourself and be ready to re-focus on school.

September 2017 Events-Healthy Living-Soc Media

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Annual Book Sale – 9/12-15

bsaleCome check out Himmelfarb Library‘s annual book sale!

When: September 12-15: 8:30 am-midnight (Tues-Thurs) and 8:30-12 noon (Fri)

Where: First Floor, Himmelfarb Library

Payment by cash or check only!

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New: 3D Human Anatomy Modeling

visiblebodyhumananatomyatlasVisible Body Human Anatomy Atlas provides a new way to study and explore anatomy. This online anatomy atlas allows users to view specific structures and layers from head to toe, rotate anatomical models, and explore systemic and regional anatomy.

Visible Body Human Anatomy Atlas includes 5,000+ medically accurate anatomical structures and was developed by medically trained illustrators and reviewed by anatomists. This atlas allows users to explore human anatomy via multiple approaches: systemic anatomy, regional anatomy, cross sections, senses, and muscle actions.

If you’re an instructor interested in using Visible Body Human Anatomy Atlas in instruction, you can explore examples of its integration and course materials on the Visible Body Education webpage.

This resource is available to users from on- and off-campus locations as well as as an app. For web access, system requirements will display when you access the resource, and additional information is available via the Support Troubleshooting FAQ.    For app access, please consult the Visible Body Human Anatomy Atlas app instructions.

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Need eclipse glasses? Make your own!

eclipseDid you wait too long to buy your eclipse glasses?

Don’t worry, you can still safely view the eclipse by using a pinhole camera!

Stop by the first floor of Himmelfarb Library between 9-3 on Monday, August 21 to make your own. All supplies and instructions will be provided but they are offered first come, first served so don’t wait too long to get yours!

The eclipse will occur from 1:17 p.m. to 4:01 p.m., with maximum eclipse of 82% occultation at 2:42 p.m
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Elevator Maintenance in Himmelfarb Library Sept-Nov 2017

The Himmelfarb Library elevator will be out of service for replacement from September 11, 2017 through November 29, 2017. This project will also cause some noise disruptions in the library although the noisiest times will be from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. on the B2 level on weekdays only.

Air handlers on the library’s roof will be replaced between September 15 and October 15, 2017. This project will cause some noise on the 3rd floor rooftop on weekdays.

For questions or concerns regarding this maintenance, please contact SMHS Facilities at (202) 994-2312.

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Scientists edit mutation from human embryo

dnaResearch recently published in Nature describes how scientists edited the genes in a human embryo.  Scientists sought to remove a specific genetic mutation, the MYBPC3 mutation, which has been associated with the development of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
In hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the myocardium heart muscle grows abnormally thick which makes it more difficult for the heart to pump blood.  Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is frequently asymptomatic, but can also cause chest pain, lightheartedness, and palpitations  and is the most common cause of sudden death in people under 30 and competitive athletes.
You can read more about this research in a New York Times news article as well as in the original research by primary authors Hong Ma, Nuria Marti-Gutierrez, Sang-Wook Park, and Jun Wu.
Dr. Charles Macri’s online Genetics Journal Club can help you connect to new genetics research with new articles posted monthly.
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