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Merging data sets to fight human disease

The sequencing of the human genome has spawned a wealth of knowledge, much of it now available online. According to Vamsi K. Mootha, M.D., a postdoctoral fellow at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass., this is making possible new approaches to medical research. “The real challenge,” Mootha said in a talk sponsored by the Department of Genetics in March, “will be to integrate these data sets with each other as well as with what we know from the previous literature.”As an example, Mootha described his participation on an international team that sought the gene mutation responsible for Leigh syndrome, a fatal metabolic disorder that is...

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Biomedical research for the world’s neediest

Biomedical research for the world’s neediest

In 1990 a drug called eflornithine came on the market to treat African sleeping sickness. But a...

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Stumbling across water channels, and a Nobel Prize

In two talks on campus in March Peter C. Agre, M.D., noted with amusement that when he was applying...

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With acupuncture, an integrated view of the body

Acupuncture entered the American consciousness in 1972, when a journalist on President Nixon’s trip...

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