Walker and Bartlett Quoted in News Story on CRISPR Babies

Biology professors Elsbeth Walker and Madelaine Bartlett provided expert commentary for a news story about gene editing in human embryos.

Bittman Receives $2.4 Million NIH Grant to Support Circadian Rhythm Research

The 4-year grant will allow Biology professor emeritus Eric Bittman to determine the sequence of duper, a mutation that speeds up the circadian clock and dramatically reduces jet lag by affecting the function of a master pacemaker in the hypothalamus. See the full article here: http://gpls.cns.umass.edu/nsb

Babbitt Receives NSF Grant for Research on Brain Evoluition in Humans and Chimps

Courtney Babbitt, Assistant Professor of Biology, has received a three-year, $330,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to use new state-of-the-art computational, evolutionary and experimental methods to examine how natural selection has shaped gene expression in the human brain. Babbitt and colleagues will test the hypothesis that there are functional links between adaptation in the genome and changes in neural types that occurred during human evolution.
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https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/umass-amherst-genomics-research...