This week’s stories have elements that sound like fiction, but all are real, new scientific and medical findings: A condition that turns the body’s soft tissues into bone has new hope for a future treatment. Genetic superheroes walk among us, and they may not even know it. And pediatricians may have a tool to double their success in helping their patients’ parents quit smoking.
Researchers from the Center for Applied Genomics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia investigating a serious, rare disease called common variable immunodeficiency have discovered a gene linked to immune defense.
The Precision Medicine Initiative, which President Obama first announced in his 2015 State of the Union speech, calls for new funding to build a national infrastructure to help sophisticated biomedical data flow from health clinics to DNA sequencing labs and back again as innovative treatments.