Experts Tackle 3 Key Policy Areas for Using Cutting-Edge Sequencing in Patient Care

By Dr. Maggie Curnutte As techniques such as next generation sequencing, which determines the precise order of the nucleotides that make up DNA, are used in patient diagnosis and treatment, three critical policy areas remain ill-defined: Regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Reimbursement policies for clinical … Continue reading

A matter of health: Ebola: New products needed for neglected tropical diseases

A matter of health: Ebola: New products needed for neglected tropical diseases

By Peter Hotez MD PhD and Maria Elena Bottazzi PhD The devastating Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now expected to affect at least 20,000 people in the coming weeks, with some estimates suggesting that those numbers could climb several times higher.  Link those numbers with additional recent estimates that Ebola virus infection causes 70 … Continue reading

Genome sequence of nimble gibbon

Genome sequence of nimble gibbon

The gibbon nimbly maneuvers through the branches of his or her environment, but until an international consortium of experts that included those at the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center sequenced and analyzed the ape’s genome, scientists were unclear on the effects of its unusually rapid rate of chromosome rearrangement. In a report … Continue reading