How a Pharmaceutical Company Developed a Breakthrough Treatment for Cystic Fibrosis

Good News Notes: “In June 1989, Dr. Lap-Chee Tsui and Dr. Francis Collins, two geneticists, pinpointed the gene responsible for cystic fibrosis, the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene.” “In the decade that followed, scientists experimented with gene therapy, a method of replacing defective genes with healthy ones, but to no avail.” “Eventually, in…

Cancer in remission for boy swarmed with birthday cards

Good News Notes: “The family of a 10-year-old Kentucky boy whoreceived thousands of birthday cards during his last bout of chemotherapy has given him more great news: His cancer is now in remission.” “News outlets report Carter Matthew Willett’s family announced the news Wednesday on a Facebook page documenting his illness. His most recent round…

Amazon announces three renewable energy projects in Spain and the US

Good News Notes:  “These three projects will begin construction in both the US and Spain. The first will be a solar farm in Sevilla, Spain, and it will provide 149 megawatts of “new renewable capacity” to the region. Amazon says this project will be the company’s first “large-scale” renewable energy effort in the country. The next two…

Luke Bryan Launches Giving Tuesday Campaign in Honor of His Late Niece

Good News Notes: “Luke Bryan is asking his fans for their support for a Giving Tuesday campaign that is very close to his heart. The country superstar is raising funds for the Brett Boyer Foundation in honor of his niece, who died in February of 2017.” “According to its website, the Brett Boyer Foundation was “created in…

Vance animal shelter waives all adoption fees thanks to donor’s gift

Good News Notes: “An anonymous donor in Vance County is covering the costs of matching hard-to-adopt dogs and cats with new owners.” “According to the Vance County Animal Shelter, more dogs and cats come into the shelter daily than leave it.” “According to Nobles, some animals are surrendered because a child developed a pet allergy….

Sustaining roads with grape and agricultural waste

 Good News Notes: “The U.S. spends $5 billion a year to repair damages to road infrastructure from winter snow and ice control operations and the use of traditional deicers. A team of researchers at WSU is developing a more sustainable solution using grape skins and other agricultural waste.” “Their deicer containing grape extract outperformed commonly…