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.