Contact Amanda Farnan Press Secretary (774) 571–3639 [email protected] NIH scientists credited with breakthrough in treating a genetic disorder August 26, 2020 A major breakthrough in treating a genetic disorder can be credited to our next guest. Sickle cell disease is a blood disorder that affects more than 20 million people worldwide. They’ve recently had a breakthrough. Federal News Network’s Eric White spoke to one of the scientists at the National Institutes of Health conducting research on sickle cell on Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Dr. John Tisdale is a finalist in this year’s Service to America Medals program.