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Image of the Day: Tissue Feast

By The Scientist Staff | December 5, 2017

Researchers are taking a close look at the bacterium that causes listeriosis disease.  

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Sequencing Genomes in the ICU Improves Outcomes

By Bob Grant | October 19, 2017

A handful of infants in a neonatal intensive care unit who were diagnosed with rare diseases using whole-genome sequencing had shorter hospital stays and better health outcomes, researchers find.

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Saving Jon

By The Scientist Staff | October 1, 2016

Meet the researcher/entrepreneur who started a nonprofit that seeks to solve the science behind a rare disease that threatens the life of her younger brother.

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The Challenges of Rare-Disease Research

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | 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 Genetic Components of Rare Diseases

By Kelly Rae Chi | July 1, 2016

Techniques for determining which genes or genetic variants are truly detrimental

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Another Fatal-Disease Drug in Limbo

By Jef Akst | April 26, 2016

A federal advisory panel votes against Sarepta Therapeutics’s treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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$280 Million Boost for Disease Genomics

By Catherine Offord | January 18, 2016

The genomics arm of the National Institutes of Health has pledged a total of $280 million for research into the genetic bases of disease.

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Shire to Buy Baxalta for $32 Billion

By Tracy Vence | January 12, 2016

The Dublin-based pharma giant is set to acquire Baxalta, an Illinois-based Baxter spinoff, expanding its rare disease drug portfolio.

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Shire Buys Rare Disease Drug Developer

By Tracy Vence | November 2, 2015

The Irish drugmaker is set to acquire the Massachusetts-based Dyax in a $5.9 billion deal.

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Spinoff Company to Develop Rare Disease Drugs

By Molly Sharlach | January 7, 2015

Maryland-based Vtesse will work with the US National Institutes of Health to advance treatments for Niemann-Pick Type C disease and other lysosomal storage disorders.

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