Medicine Current Affairs
Three US scientists James Allison, Carl June and Steven Rosenberg were declared winners 2018 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research. They were awarded in recognition of their research in immunology and translation of their ideas into effective therapies that have led to innovative treatments for cancer, HIV and other diseases. They will share this $500,000 medical prize. They will receive the award at ceremony to be held in September 2018 in Albany, New York.
Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research
It is United States’ second highest value prize in medicine and biomedical research, awarded by the Albany Medical Center. It was established in 2000 by late Morris “Marty” Silverman to honor to any physician or scientists or group whose work have led to significant advances in fields of health care and scientific research with demonstrated translational benefits applied to improved patient care. It is awarded annually and carries monetary award of $500,000.
China has launched world’s largest human genome research project to document the genetic makeup of one lakh people to help generate the precision medicines for the future.
The project aims to provide references for China’s medical research, clinical diagnoses and treatments. It will detect genetic links between health and sickness and involve one person from different ethnic backgrounds and regions.
The project will collect genetic data of Han ethnic majority people from all over the country and 9 other ethnic minority groups with a population of more than 5 million. There are about 25,000 human genes and project aims to decode hereditary information contained in each.
The project includes four stages – collecting, sequencing gene samples, gathering data and sharing findings. As per report, project will conclude all its gene sequencing and analysis within four years, making it the fastest genome engineering project in the world.