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genomeWhile evidence has suggested that this is true, the first study identifying specific genetic factors that exist in women with preterm deliveries was just published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  This study used data from nearly 50,000 women and identified specific genetic variations which can predict length of gestation and risk of preterm birth.

Image citation: Ricciardi, R. (2013). Human genome [online image].  Available at:

AppointmentGW's Writing Center hours at Himmelfarb Library begin this week.  Writing Center consulations are available free of charge and can be scheduled using the Writing Center's online system.

What: Writing Center @ Himmelfarb Fall 2017 Hours (Begins this week!)
Amanda: Fridays 10am- 12pm
Sherri: Wednesdays 2:30-4pm
Cost: Service is FREE!

How do I make an appointment to meet with a tutor?

What type of support do they offer for non-native English speaking students?

Where can I go if I need help using the Writing Center's online appointment schedule site?


ClinicalKey and ClinicalKey for Nursing are introducing new Clinical Overview articles.  Clinical Overview articles will replace FirstConsult articles in ClinicalKey and provide a new type of content in Clinical Key for Nursing.

Clinical Overviews provide snap shot clinical information on the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up for specific conditions.  350 Clinical Overview topics are already available and additional Clinical Overview topics will be released as they are completed.  Many Clinical Overview articles replace older FirstConsult articles; eventually Clinical Overviews will replace FirstConsult entirely.

Access Clinical Overviews via either ClinicalKey or ClinicalKey for Nursing.  Both resources are available from on- and off-campus locations and are mobile-optimized to allow seamless access from both desktop/laptop computers and mobile devices.  If you have any questions, please contact Laura Abate (

maryclairekingThing you are having a challenging week?
Listen to Dr. Mary-Claire King describe one week in her life.  Dr. King's research identified the BRCA1, a gene that increases the risk for breast cancer, among many other accomplishments.
King M. Who can you trust? The Moth Web site. Updated 2014. Accessed Sep 18, 2017.
You can read Dr. King's research findings by searching PubMed and linking to full-text articles in Himmelfarb Library's collection.  Here is a sample of three articles from the different subjects she has studied:


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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