Thursday, January 22, 2009

Polygenetic mutation: the official letter

Greg at Stuttering.Me has scanned and published on-line the official letter he received from NIH: see letter. I have copied the most interesting paragraphs for your benefit:

...We've obtained some interesting findings.., and I'd like to ask if you'd be willing to participate in some additional research studies. We've identified variants in several related genes that we believe contribute to stuttering. You're one of the people with such a variant, and our current goal is to better understand how this can be related to stuttering.
To accomplish this, I'd like to invite individuals to come to the National Institute of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, at our expense, for a more detailed examination. We have no reason to believe you or any of our research participants have any medical condition or disorder. But, given our recent findings, we wish to have careful examinations done by specialists, to make sure we're not missing any subtle symptoms that could benefit from medical attention. Such examination would not involve any invasive procedure (other than another blood draw) and could be accomplished in less than a day.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"invite individuals to come to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, at our expense ..."

This is fantastic; a free holiday ... although it's funded by dead-end research.