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The Challenges of Rare-Disease Research

By | September 1, 2016

With few resources and hesitant investors, basic scientists must rely on clinicians, patient advocates, and their own keen eye for biological connections.

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The change should allow patients with fatal illnesses easier access to experimental drugs, but gaining permission from drug companies remains the biggest challenge.

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Patient Zero Identified?

By | October 30, 2014

Researchers pinpoint the source of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa to 2-year-old boy who died in southern Guinea.

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The ALS Association has raised more than $100 million in donations through a charity campaign that went viral. How should that money be spent?

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Opinion: Unconventional Standards

By | March 13, 2013

Tailoring ethical oversight to participant-led research

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Networking Medicine

By | March 2, 2013

Although fully organized patient-run trials are still few and far between, patients are taking a more active role in clinical research.

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Do-It-Yourself Medicine

By | March 1, 2013

Patients are sidestepping clinical research and using themselves as guinea pigs to test new treatments for fatal diseases. Will they hurt themselves, or science?

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Cantley Changes Jobs

By | September 14, 2012

Renowned cancer researcher Lewis Cantley is leaving Harvard to lead a new cancer center at Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

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British Health Open for Research

By | September 12, 2012

Giving researchers access to the health records of 52 million people in England could prove invaluable to biomedical scientists.

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New Genome Resource

By | July 11, 2012

Members of the Personal Genome Project have created software aimed at helping researchers tease apart genetic differences between individuals.

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