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 That is the question now being considered in light of a new research article in the New England Journal of Medicine in which a new gene therapy drug was given to men with hemophilia B.  After receiving the new drug, the patients were able to stop using clotting factors to treat their hemophilia.  Patients rates of bleeding also fell - from about 11 bleeding events per year to less than one bleeding event per year.  Learn more about the research here:

Explore genetics topics via the Genetics Journal Club and Himmelfarb Library's genetics collection by checking out:

Air Handler Replacement Project

Facilities has entered the phase of the Air Handler Replacement project where they have to demolish the existing concrete foundational pads. This work will be conducted internally to Ross Hall within the 3rd Floor mechanical space.

There will be very loud noises (jack hammering) and some vibrations felt throughout Ross Hall during this work period.

The work schedule will be 7:00AM to 6:00PM each of the following days: December 20-22, 2017 and December 26-29, 2017.

I-Street Mall Concrete Replacement Project

Facilities will resume the I Street Mall Concrete Replacement project.

There will be very loud noises (jack hammering) and some vibrations felt throughout Ross Hall during this work period.

The work schedule will be 7:00AM to 4:00PM each of the following days: December 20-23, 2017 and December 26-30, 2017 weather permitting.

We apologize for the inconvenience during this period.

Finally, if you have any questions or concerns please contact facilities at 202-994-5755.

17664002728_acb9354acf_bRecently, the NIH took steps to help protect the credibility of published research findings from NIH-funded research. In a recent blog post, the National Library of Medicine called on librarians to help in this effort. In NIH Guide Notice OD-18-011, released on November 3, 2017, the NIH requested support for authors by asking grantees, contractors, researchers, and librarians to:

  1. Adhere to the principles of research integrity and publication ethics
  2. Identify journals that follow best practices promoted by professional scholarly publishing organizations
  3. Avoid publishing in journals lacking clearly stated and rigorous peer-review processes.


What should you do when deciding where to publish your research?

  1. Evaluate the options using guided by one of these resources:
  2. Access Himmelfarb’s Scholarly Publishing Research Guide for resources to help you decide where to publish:
  3. Consult your librarian. Librarians have experience in developing rigorous collection criteria when considering journals to include in library collections. Thanks to this expertise, librarians are extremely familiar with journal publishers as well as with the journals that are being used by researchers and for publication.


Researcher-authors can often find it difficult to evaluate a journal's quality, editorial practices, peer-review practices, and scientific merit. Librarians can be a great help to authors in selecting publishing venues. If you are getting ready to publish and need assistance in selecting the best journal for your article or research, Himmelfarb has resources that can help!



Marill, J., Funk, K., Sheehan, J. (2017, November 7). Calling on librarians to help ensure the credibility of published research results [web log post]. Retrieved from

Mediterranean Center of Medical Sciences (2015).  Research [online image].  Retrieved from


  • Is this drug more effective for individuals with a specific genetic profile?  
  • Are some people at increased risk of a serious drug reaction from a specific drug?  
  • How is pharmacogenomic information being used clinically right now?

Pharmacogenomics: Precision Medicine and Drug Response, a new CME review article from the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, explores these issues.  This article provides a brief history of pharmacogenomics, information on current clinical applications, and conceptualizes the future of pharmaceogenomics.

This article is available online via ClinicalKey which is part of Himmelfarb Library's online collection.  To read more about genetics, check out these full-text e-books in ClinicalKey

To explore more genetics topics, check out Dr. Charles Macri's online Genetics Journal Club!

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