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A Center for Advancing Translational Science can spur new therapies

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Sometimes, spurring the development of new drugs and therapies can be like trying to a cross shark-infested water without a bridge, Dr. Francis Collins, director of NIH, said during his keynote at the Translational Research Forum during the 2011 BIO International Convention. However, during a time of unprecedented scientific advances, but increasingly limited resources, the public and private sectors must learn to combine their respective efforts to relieve human suffering. Dr. Collins gave a rapid Read More >

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NIH Broadening Our Vision of Global Health

Angie Drakulich, part of our BIO Official Bloggers Program, attended yesterday’s Francis Collins speech: For starters, Collins pointed out that recent scientific advances such as RNAi, small molecule screening, and genomics of pathogens, are allowing researchers and drug developers to fight infectious diseases. As a result, the pharma and healthcare sectors are able to look beyond the Big 3 diseases (HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria) and pay more attention to neglected diseases such as dengue, as Read More >

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Sickle Cell Anemia: Three ways to help end it

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Sickle Cell Anemia is the most common genetic disease in the United States. It affects more than 80,000 people in America and the trait for the disease is known to be carried by one in 12 African Americans. For those living with the disease, suffering from a sickle cell crisis can be debilitating, reducing a person into a state of intense pain, which often means trips to the hospital that typically last six days. There Read More >

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Podcast: Dr. Hervé Tettelin on vaccine development

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Dr. Tettelin, with the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the Institute for Genome Sciences, discusses his research in reverse vaccinology and as a pioneer of the pan-genome concept. He also discusses how DNA sequencing is evolving and how that impacts vaccine development. Download the podcast

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Casting Call for “Rare Disease Chasers” – A New Reality TV Series

Are you a medical expert who works on finding, diagnosing and treating people with rare diseases? Are you interested in starring on a reality TV series? The executive management of the Global Healthy Living Foundation launched a nation-wide search for physicians, researchers and other medical experts who may be interested in starring in a show called “Rare Disease Chasers” on The Learning Channel (TLC) network. The series will follow a team of medical experts each Read More >

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