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2010-03-03 14:18:12

Results bode well for treating people with the disease Gene therapy for a severe inherited blindness, which produced dramatic improvements last year in 12 children and young adults who received the treatment in a clinical trial, has cleared another hurdle. The same research team that conducted the human trial now reports that a study in animals has shown that a second injection of genes into the opposite, previously untreated eye is safe and effective, with no signs of interference from...

2010-01-25 00:00:00

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, January 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Amsterdam Molecular Therapeutics (Euronext: AMT), a leader in the field of human gene therapy, has reached another important milestone in the official marketing authorisation process for its lead product Glybera(R), AMT's proprietary product for lipoprotein lipase deficiency (LPLD). The submission of the Glybera(R) Marketing Authorisation Application (MAA), announced earlier, has cleared the validation stage with The...

2010-01-08 15:54:54

Tag-team Approach Breaks the Size Barrier for Gene Therapy Neuroscientists have forged an unlikely molecular union as part of their fight against diseases of the brain and nervous system. The team has brought together the herpes virus and a molecule known as Sleeping Beauty to improve a technology known as gene therapy, which aims to manipulate genes to correct for molecular flaws that cause disease. The work, detailed in a paper published online in Gene Therapy, has allowed scientists at the...

2009-12-02 00:00:00

AMSTERDAM, December 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Amsterdam Molecular Therapeutics (Euronext: AMT), a leader in the field of human gene therapy, announced today a number of management changes. Piers Morgan (age 43) has been appointed Chief Financial Officer, effective December 1, 2009. Hans Preusting, PhD (age 47), Director Process Development & Manufacturing, will take up the responsibility for Operations and Project Management, also effective December 1. These changes reflect the...

2009-10-26 15:30:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue. Reportlinker Adds Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing: Business Prospects in the United States http://www.reportlinker.com/p0156564/Reportlinker-Adds-Direct-To-Consumer-Genetic-Testing-Business-Prospects-in-the-United-States.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=prnewswire The current marketplace for direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing...

2009-10-07 08:25:28

Kids' right-to-privacy for their genetic material needs better protection, says Tel Aviv University researcher Scientists look for clues about therapies and cures for life-threatening childhood illnesses in children's DNA "” it seems only logical to do so. But the decision as to who should have access to DNA samples from children provides a unique ethical conundrum, says a Tel Aviv University researcher in a recent publication for the esteemed journal Science, co-authored by...

2009-09-01 10:50:41

U.S. scientists say they've created a gene therapy system using nanodiamonds to deliver genes to treat such diseases as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Northwestern University researchers said their scalable system that can deliver genes to cells both efficiently and safely combines key properties in one approach: enhanced delivery efficiency along with outstanding biocompatibility. Finding a more efficient and biocompatible method for gene delivery than is currently available is a major...

2009-08-31 11:40:00

A research report featured on the cover of the September 2009 print issue of The FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org) describes how Australian scientists developed a new gene therapy vector that uses the same machinery that viruses use to transport their cargo into our cells. As a result of this achievement, therapeutic DNA can be transferred to a cell's nucleus far more efficiently than in the past, raising hopes for more effective treatment of genetic disorders and some types of...

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2009-08-27 06:20:00

Researchers believe they have found a way to avoid certain genetically inherited disorders through a special kind of in vitro fertilization (IVF).  Ethical concerns abound, but experts say that the future of the procedure looks promising. In lab experiments with rhesus macaque monkeys, scientists from the Oregon Health and Science University were recently able to transfer DNA from the nucleus of an unhealthy egg cell into a normal egg cell without a nucleus, ultimately resulting in the...

2009-08-13 11:06:34

 One year after a trio of young adults received gene therapy for an inherited form of blindness, researchers have documented that the patients are still experiencing the same level of remarkable vision improvements previously measured within weeks. This is the first study to report one-year gene therapy safety and efficacy results in treating young adults with Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), a hereditary condition that causes severe vision impairment in infants and children. The...


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