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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
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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

Study clarifies parents as source of new disease mutations in mosaicism
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Study clarifies parents as source of new disease mutations in mosaicism

Mosaicism occurs when cells in a single person or organism have a different genetic makeup. In 2011, Dr. James Lupski , vice chair of molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine and his colleague Dr. Pawel Stankiewicz , associate professor in the same department tasked graduate students in their labs Ian Campbell and … Continue reading