RFS Briefings - February 2017

February 2017 issue of RFS Briefing has some timely and encouraging updates on women in science, particularly:

The Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine and Gender and the Genome Announce the Robert S. Birch Award Competition, liebertpub.com, January 27, 2017
The Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine and Gender and the Genome (Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers) announced the Robert S. Birch Award, a prize of $25,000. The intent of the new prize is to encourage submissions of original research or scholarly legal/ethical commentary of the highest quality concerning the relevance of biological sex/gender to cutting edge 21st-century science for publication in Gender and the Genome. The submission deadline is September 30, 2017.

If You Want to Live Longer, Take Good Care of your Telomeres, washingtonpost.com, January 13, 2017
Molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn, RFS board member and President of the Salk Institute, and two colleagues won the Nobel Prize in 2009 for the discovery of telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes the bits of DNA on either end of your chromosomes and are often compared to the plastic caps on shoelaces. What happens when you let the shoelace caps wear down from use?

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