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2009-06-19 09:36:03

Sensory neuronopathies, nerve dysfunction that affects nerves outside the brain and spinal chord, are extremely painful. They include shingles and can be caused by anti-cancer drugs such as cisplatin. In many sensory neuronopathies, the nerves that are dysfunctional are those in a region of the body known as the dorsal root ganglion (DRG), and these conditions are particularly difficult to treat. Dr. Lawrence Chan and colleagues at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, have developed an...

2009-05-05 13:46:40

Flemish scientists say they have developed an improved and safer technique to deliver genes into the body's cells during genetic therapy. Gene therapy is the introduction of genetic material into a patient's cells resulting in a cure or a therapeutic effect, said researchers at the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology in Belgium. The success of gene therapy ultimately depends on the gene delivery vehicles, or vectors, and most vectors have been derived from viruses that can be tailor-made to...

2009-05-04 07:14:47

Gene therapy Gene therapy is the introduction of genetic material into a patient's cells resulting in a cure or a therapeutic effect. In recent years, it has been shown that gene therapy is a promising technology to treat or even cure several fatal diseases for which there is no attractive alternative therapy. Gene therapy can be used for hereditary diseases, but also for other diseases that affect heart, brain and even for cancer. Indeed, recent results suggest that gene therapy can be...

2009-04-30 12:05:04

In a recent issue of The Journal of Chemical Physics, published by the American Institute of Physics (AIP), a group of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Los Alamos National Laboratory describe the first comprehensive, molecular-level numerical study of gene therapy. Their work should help scientists design new experimental gene therapies and possibly solve some of the problems associated with this promising technique."There are several barriers to gene delivery," says...

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2009-04-08 09:05:00

Scientists at the University of Michigan have developed a method of gene delivery that appears safe for regenerating tooth-supporting gum tissue"”a discovery that assuages one of the biggest safety concerns surrounding gene therapy research and tissue engineering.The figures show microcomputed tomographic images of regenerated periodontium (tooth supporting structures) following delivery of PDGF genes.Gene therapy is an accepted, viable therapeutic concept, but safety is a major hurdle,...

2008-12-16 11:13:00

SAN MARINO, Calif., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Epeius Biotechnologies Corporation, a leader in tumor-targeted gene delivery systems, has received two additional European patents for the platform targeting technologies and molecular designs that enable precision gene delivery to primary cancers and metastatic lesions that have spread throughout the body. With profound demonstrations of clinical benefit and single-agent-efficacy, as well as overall safety, Epeius Biotech continues to lead the...

2008-10-06 15:00:41

SAN MARINO, Calif., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Epeius Biotechnologies Corporation today announced the publication of another landmark paper describing recent technological advances in medical gene delivery. The latest scientific paper, entitled "Targeting metastatic cancer from the inside: A new generation of targeted gene delivery vectors enables personalized cancer vaccination in situ," was published in the October issue of the International Journal of Oncology (IJO). The paper describes the...

2005-06-01 18:39:13

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Remember how it felt the last time you burned your finger on a hot stove? Imagine what it's like to have that burning pain in your hands or feet all the time and know there's virtually nothing you can do about it. It's called neuropathic pain, and it's a common complication of many diseases and medical conditions, especially diabetes. Drugs have little effect on this type of pain, which is caused by damage to sensory neurons that transmit pain, temperature and touch...