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New Research Consortium Tackles Gene Therapies for Rare Diseases

There are 7,000 “rare diseases,” and most stem from a specific gene mutation, yet only two currently have FDA-approved gene therapies.

Bill Would Create an “ARPA–H” to Spur Medical Breakthroughs

Move over, DARPA and ARPA–E. Legislation in the House would add a new agency to the government’s roster of purpose-driven advanced research groups.

FDA Approves First Treatment for Rare Pediatric Immune Disorder

A new regenerative tissue therapy allows children born without the gland that produces white blood cells to develop sufficient immune support.

NIAID Pursuing Next-Generation “Pan-Coronavirus” Vaccines

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded more than $36 million to three institutions to conduct research and develop vaccines that can provide broad immunity to coronaviruses such as COVID-19.

FDA Authorizes AI-Based Screening Tool That Catches 7 Percent More Cases of Prostate Cancer

Called Paige Prostate, the AI flags potentially cancerous areas in prostate biopsy images for further review by pathologists if they aren’t identified in an initial review.

HHS Awards $100,000 to Six Teams Improving “Synthea” Health Data Technology

Started by the MITRE Corporation, Synthea uses publicly available health statistics to create in-depth models that cover artificial patients’ lifespans—but free of privacy, security, intellectual property, or other legal restrictions.

NIH Awards $185 Million to Research How Genomic Variations Influence Our Health

The funding will come from NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute, which will provide 25 awards to 30 sites across the country through the Impact of Genomic Variation on Function (IGVF) Consortium.
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