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NIH Record  
Vol. LVII, No. 20
October 7, 2005
NIAID Opens Pediatric Allergy Clinic
NIMH's Weinberger To Give Mider Lecture, Oct. 12
Pioneer Award Winners Named
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NIH-Funded Research Post-Katrina
Losses to Gulf Area Scientists Are Longer Term, Harder to Quantify
There was little if any dramatic footage of storm and flood damage to research facilities after Hurricane Katrina. Everyone was rightly concerned with addressing emergency and immediate needs. Now, though, as clean-up and recovery continue, stories about losses to science and NIH-funded research interests in the Gulf area are beginning to emerge. Although physical damage to buildings and other structures was less than at first feared, affected-area research projects in general and the requirements for conducting them suffered a tremendous hit.

Bertozzi To Give Stetten Lecture, Oct. 26
  Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi
When introducing carbohydrate polymers, general biology textbooks typically give center stage to starch, cellulose and chitin. They seldom mention that chains of carbohydrates with complex and dynamic structures coat the surfaces of our cells and undergird cellular communication, the basis of everything from embryonic development to immune response.

Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi of the University of California, Berkeley, would like discussions of glycan polymers to parallel those on nucleic acids and proteins. She points out that while every biologist knows that there are 20 amino acids and four DNA nucleotides, few automatically know the number of monosaccharide building blocks. (The answer is 9.) In fact, carbohydrates attached to proteins after translation add an essential level of complexity to our genetic makeup.