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  • Seeking a Better Sickle Cell Cure

    NHLBI Director Dr. Gary Gibbons talks with NHLBI researcher Dr. John Tisdale on his work seeking a more widely-available sickle cell disease cure.

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    NHLBI Director Dr. Gary Gibbons speaks with NHLBI researcher Dr. Susan Harbison about her studies of fruit fly sleep and how the work could impact human health.

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Green Fluorescent RNA Helps Reveal the Inner Workings of Living Cells
Researchers from the NHLBI and Weill Cornell Medical College teamed up to improve technology for studying the inner workings of living cells. A synthetic molecule called “Baby Spinach” could offer new insights in RNA’s role in cellular activity. Read full fact sheet...

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Researcher Brings Medicine One Step Closer to Widely Available Cure for Sickle Cell Disease

Gary H. Gibbons
September 2, 2014

From the use of antibiotics to prevent and treat infections in children with sickle cell disease to the FDA approval of the drug hydroxyurea, researchers have made steady progress during the last few decades in improving the lives of individuals with sickle cell disease. Yet still, a widely available cure has remained just out of reach. Now, work from a team of researchers at the National Institutes of Health, including NHLBI’s Dr. John Tisdale may open the door to reversing sickle cell disease in more patients....
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