US Health Chief: Embryo gene editing ‘great shock’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wanted: A million people willing to share their DNA and 10 years of health habits, big and small, for science.
On Sunday, the U.S. government will open nationwide enrollment for an ambitious experiment: If they can build a large enough database comparing the genetics, lifestyles and environments of people from all walks of life, researchers hope to learn why some escape illness and others don't, and better customize ways to prevent and treat disease.
CHICAGO (AP) — Children with a rare, incurable disease that causes rapid aging and early death may live longer if treated with an experimental drug first developed for cancer patients, a study suggests.
In a milestone year, gene therapy finds a place in medicine
After decades of hope and high promise, this was the year scientists really showed they could doctor DNA to successfully treat diseases. Gene therapies to treat cancer and even pull off the biblical-sounding feat of helping the blind to see were approved by U.S. regulators, establishing gene manipulation as a new mode of medicine.
Wanted: 1 million people to study genes, habits and health
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a quest to end cookie-cutter health care, U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments and lifestyles interact — and to finally customize ways to prevent and treat disease.
Why does one sibling get sick but not another? Why does a drug cure one patient but only cause nasty side effects in the next?
Christie: Drugmakers to work on nonaddictive pain medication
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that pharmaceutical companies agreed to work on nonaddictive pain medications and additional treatments to deal with opioid addiction.
The Republican governor made the announcement in Trenton, shortly after he convened a meeting of the White House opioid commission that he chairs. That roundtable discussion was closed to the press.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's keeping Dr. Francis Collins as director of the National Institutes of Health.
Collins is a pioneer in the field of genetics who has directed the NIH since August 2009, after successfully leading the nation's effort to map the human genome. He was among several dozen Obama administration officials who Trump aides had asked to stay in their jobs — at least temporarily — for the purpose of continuity.
Astronaut describes career detour to US health director
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Kate Rubins applied to be an astronaut while she was procrastinating about writing a grant application to the National Institutes of Health.
So on Tuesday, from orbit, she thanked the director of the NIH for her career.
Rubins, an infectious disease specialist who is the first virus hunter in space, was chosen by NASA in 2009. That's the same year Dr. Francis Collins took over the NIH after years of leading its National Human Genome Research Institute.
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