Health / Pharma

Informatics’ helps doctors by using data to solve medical issues

It’s hard to see the future of medicine through the scabs, blisters and scars that torment 7-year-old Charlie Knuth.
But the boy is helping doctors perfect a pioneering intervention called gene editing, a procedure that could lend hope to thousands of people suffering from hundreds of diseases — including epidermolysis bullosa, the disorder that causes Charlie’s skin to shear off and his eyes to blister.
Charlie’s case also illustrates the power of an emerging field called “biomedical and health-care informatics” that’s beginning to revolutionize every aspect of medicine, from laboratory research to clinical treatments.

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