WASHINGTON--The US Public Health Service's 10-year plan for improving
Americans' health, dubbed Healthy People 2000, will be a disappointment
to antismoking forces. The goal--to decrease the number of smokers
to only 15% of the population--will not be reached, and it is
likely that 20% of Americans will still be smoking by the end
of the century. "We're talking about a lot of people who
are going to die," said Harold Freeman, MD, chairman of the
President's Cancer Panel.
Currently, 80 clinical trials are underway in which gene therapy
is being used to treat genetic diseases, AIDS, and several types
of cancer. The newly issued patent will cover most of these trials.