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The Rare Genomics Institute celebrates World Rare Disease Day 2014The Rare Genomics Institute celebrates World Rare Disease Day 2014

Posted By Karen Eng

Today is World Rare Disease Day – an event launched in 2008 to galvanize public awareness and research momentum for rare diseases. In the United States, a disease is considered rare if it affects fewer than 200,000 people. Yet there are more than 7,000 known rare diseases. This ratio means that there’s little funding for […]

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Newly discovered gene may explain 4-year-old’s rare disease, thanks to TED Fellow Jimmy LinNewly discovered gene may explain 4-year-old’s rare disease, thanks to TED Fellow Jimmy Lin

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

For years, Dana Nieder has been trying to figure out why her daughter Maya suffers from extreme developmental delays. Now 4 years old, Maya is unable to speak, and has already had multiple surgeries. Countless doctors told Nieder that “something genetic” was at the root of Maya’s problems, but six genetic screenings failed to confirm […]