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How can genome sequencing save a life? A new technique emerges to rapidly diagnose infections.

In a First, Test of DNA Finds Root of Illness” by Carl Zimmer in the New York Times tells the amazing story of 14 year old Joshua Osborne.  Suffering from an ongoing immune system disorder and an acute infection, doctors were able to use DNA testing to both identify the cause of the infection as well as a successful path for treatment.

By sequencing Joshua’s genome, doctors we able to separate his own DNA from  DNA belonging to pathogens in his body.  An amazing story that highlights the rapidly changing landscape and reminds us that new connections between scientific developments and sick kids getting treatment continue to emerge at an exciting pace.  Zimmer also notes that this isn’t necessarily as easy path – our body is full of foreign DNA thanks to our microbiome – but this is surely a promising approach for doctors and patients.

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Personal Genetics Education Project - Personal Genetics Education Project - shared National Institutes of Health (NIH)'s Becoming a Scientist with National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins.
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An event that our teacher friends may find useful: NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins will be hosting a Facebook Live event on Monday, Dec 10th from 3:15-45 pm ET, where he will take questions from middle school students from across the US. You are invited to livestream this event to your classroom and submit your students' questions in the event feed's comments section!

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
How can you start a career in STEM? Join NIH Director & geneticist Dr. Francis Collins on December 10, 2018 at 3:15 pm ET for a conversation featuring Johnson Creek Middle School on becoming a scientist. Dr. Collins will be taking questions from middle school students from across the U.S.!
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