Director’s Blog Every cell in your body has the same DNA with about 23, 000 genes. Yet blood cells and brain cells look different, have different proteins, and serve very different functions.

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In this issue of General Hospital Psychiatry, we continue with a new dimension that we have added to the journal ? point and counterpoint editorials on two topics: (1) prescription of marijuana for chronic benign pain, and (2) should a psychiatric consultation be required for all patients requesting physician assisted suicide? There are many controversial areas of clinical practice, and having experts with opposing views on the subject describe their perspectives in a scholarly way can enhance understanding of differing viewpoints.

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Director’s Blog As in past years, once again I venture to suggest a “top 10” list for NIMH based on the most notable discoveries and events of the past 12 months. This year several of the major breakthroughs were not funded by NIMH and not directly focused on mental disorders, but they suggested new vistas for biology that will almost certainly change the way we understand serious mental illness and neurodevelopmental disorders.

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