D.C. is marking the one-year anniversary of the attack on the Capitol. Meanwhile, as food supply chains and prices continue to dominate headlines, we review five gene-editing advances that could help. And, January is Glaucoma Awareness Month—taking a look at these…
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January 6, 2022
D.C. is marking the one-year anniversary of the attack on the Capitol. Meanwhile, as food supply chains and prices continue to dominate headlines, we review five gene-editing advances that could help. And, January is Glaucoma Awareness Month—taking a look at these resources could save your eyesight. (690 words, 3 minutes, 27 seconds)
4. Suppressing mosquitoes without chemicals. Scientists are using CRISPR-Cas9 to control the risks from the southern house mosquito, which spreads disease including the deadly West Nile virus.
5. Making healthier toast. Europe's first trial of gene-edited wheat was approved last summer. CRISPR greatly reduced asparagine, “which is converted into a cancer-causing chemical when wheat-containing foods like bread are baked or toasted,” according to Innovature.
What is glaucoma? A group of treatable, hereditary diseases that can cause vision loss and blindness by damaging the optic nerve at the back of your eye, NIH’s National Eye Institute explains. About 3 million Americans have glaucoma, the second-leading cause of blindness worldwide, CDC says.
Glaucoma can start without symptoms—and slowly reduce peripheral vision, so people often don’t realize they have it.
Who is high risk? People with diabetes and African Americans over 40, CDC says: “African Americans are 6 to 8 times more likely to get glaucoma than whites.” Glaucoma is more common in adults over 60, especially Hispanics, but also impacts 1 in 10,000 infants, whose symptoms include enlarged eyes, cloudy eyes, frequent tearing, and light sensitivity.
Biopharma Dive: 5 FDA decisions to watch in the first quarter “The first three months of 2022 could bring clearances for cancer drugs from Bristol Myers Squibb and Eli Lilly as well as a HIV medicine from Gilead.”
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President Biden’s Thursday: At 9 AM ET, he delivered a speech about the Jan. 6 Capitol attack—watch here.
What’s Happening on Capitol Hill: The Senate Parliamentarian will not rule on Build Back Better drug price controls provisions as Democrats discuss election reform legislation, reports Inside Health Policy. The House will hold a moment of silence to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the attack on the Capitol, followed by a discussion with historians and an opportunity for House Members to share personal accounts. The Senate will remember the day with a moment of silence at noon, while a prayer vigil is set for this evening.