Genetics 1 min read

Contact Lens Monitors Blood Sugar, Parents Track Son’s ‘Killer,’ Gene Linked to Rare Disease

By Rhonda Reinhart featured image Gregorio Parvus, Flickr

Contact lens that will monitor blood sugar now in development: Add contact lenses to the growing list of wearable health-tracking devices. The drugmaker Novartis has teamed with Google to develop contacts that can track dips and spikes in glucose levels. For a look at other health-monitoring tools medical technology has made possible, pick up the next issue of Genome, in which writer Leslie Minora details the digital revolution currently transforming healthcare.

Parents of boy with rare genetic condition make it their mission to find others like him: In this excellent story from the most recent issue of The New Yorker, Seth Mnookin chronicles the travails of the Might family. Bertrand Might was born with a genetic disorder science had never seen before, and when doctors told his parents that Bertrand could have as little as a few months left to live, the couple launched a worldwide quest to track down patients who shared their son’s condition.

Researchers discover gene linked to inflammatory condition in children: In other rare disease news, scientists at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) have identified a gene linked to a fatal autoinflammatory condition known as SAVI, short for STING-associated vasculopathy with onset in infancy. “Not only do these discoveries have profound implications for children with SAVI, but they could have a broader impact by helping us to understand other, more common inflammatory conditions,” says NIAMS Director Stephen I. Katz.