The 2009 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Prize has been awarded to John Gurdon (University of Cambridge) and Shinya Yamanaka (Kyoto University), “for discoveries concerning nuclear reprogramming, the process that instructs specialized adult cells to form early stem cells — creating the potential to become any type of mature cell for experimental or therapeutic purposes“.
The entire collection of educational ISTT videos illustrating a number of routine techniques in animal transgenesis, and available only to registered ISTT Members, has been now recoded to FLASH format (i.e. the format that it is used in popular video pages such as YouTube). This should allow better enjoying these videos through the ISTT web site.
You can browse an example of it through one of these videos, prepared by Johannes Wilbertz (KI, Stockholm), and showing the microinjection of mouse ES cells into a mouse blastocyst. This video is now available through YouTube as well.
Aimee Stablewski, Facility Assistant Director of the Gene Targeting and Transgenic Resource at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, in Buffalo, NY, USA, has been elected new member of the ISTT Council. After the second round of this unexpectedly long election process Aimee received the support of the majority of ISTT members that voted. On behalf of ISTT, congratulations Aimee!. Elizabeth Williams, the second candidate competing in this second round contest, received also a very good support from ISTT membership. Both candidates need to be thanked for their willingness and compromise, and their most generous participation in this election process.
The ISTT Survey on Production of Transgenic Mice was closed on September 30th, 2009. We will now process all raw microinjection data collected and will try making the best use of them, with the help of our associated statistician Laura Barrios, from CSIC.
We have managed to collect: 85 facilities registered, 66 facilities submitted data, 86 sets of data submitted. This is not close to 100 facilities submitting data, as we aimed for, but still a respectable number of facilities that, hopefully, will be enough to extract all sources of variability and generate a number of interesting conclusions, trends and suggestions that could be of help to all submitters and, also, to anyone interested in generating transgenic mice.
Thanks to all of you that contributed with your raw microinjection data. As indicated, all submitters will be contacted, independently, with a customized analysis of their data. Tom Fielder has been invited to present the outcome of these analyses in Berlin, at the next TT2010 meeting. Therefore, don’t miss his talk and do register to attend the next Transgenic Technology meeting!