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Tiny worm mazes allow researchers to ID genes linked to spatial perception, risk-taking

A chance observation led to a completely new area of behavioral research

March 28, 2017 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

A chance observation by a newly hired technician led Fred Hutch neurobiologist Dr. Jihong Bai into a completely new area of behavioral research.

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MacGyvering lab equipment

From old bicycle wheels to an in-house metalworking shop, scientists get creative when the research tools they need don’t exist

March 3, 2015 | By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Basic scientists are often pursuing research so cutting edge that the tools they need haven’t even been invented yet. So they do it themselves, sometime creating their own lab equipment out of a collection of unlikely and disparate parts, just as the TV character Angus MacGyver was famous for doing.

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Mapping uncharted pieces of the human genome

Study sheds light on genomic ‘black holes,’ uncovers DNA information essential for all human life

Feb. 12, 2015 | By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

A new study has shed light on previously unmapped regions of the human genome by revealing the sequences of human centromeres, the middle regions of our chromosome essential for cell division.

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