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2011-12-13 14:58:05

A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that Factor IX gene therapy in patients with hemophilia B was able to convert severe hemophilia to moderate or even mild disease. In a timely commentary, Thierry VandenDriessche, PhD, Methods Editor for Human Gene Therapy and Human Gene Therapy Methods says that this clinical trial represents an important milestone and "demonstrates unequivocally that gene therapy can result in a sustained therapeutic effect in hemophilia B...

2011-12-13 11:27:31

Gene found in humans and mice that protects transparency of cornea, may lead to new therapy A transparent cornea is essential for vision, which is why the eye has evolved to nourish the cornea without blood vessels. But for millions of people around the world, diseases of the eye or trauma spur the growth of blood vessels and can cause blindness. A new Northwestern Medicine study has identified a gene that plays a major role in maintaining clarity of the cornea in humans and mice -- and...

2011-12-08 23:38:45

Three new locations for Crohn's Disease genes have been uncovered by scientists at UCL using a novel gene mapping approach. The complex genetic and environmental causes of Crohn's Disease (CD) have long been difficult to untangle. CD, a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease that affects about 100 to 150 people per 100,000 in Europe, is characterised by inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. Even though twin and family studies suggest a high heritability for CD of 50-60%, so far the...

2011-12-08 21:35:25

New gene editing technique would heal patients with their own cells Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have developed a way to use patients' own cells to potentially cure sickle cell disease and many other disorders caused by mutations in a gene that helps produce blood hemoglobin. The technique uses cells from a patient's skin to generate induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which are capable of developing into various types of mature tissues -- including...

2011-12-07 20:02:13

In the bone marrow, blood-forming (hematopoietic) stem cells become one of the myriad kinds of blood cells in the body or they can self-renew, maintaining that pool. However, the lack or mutation of a gene for an enzyme called Dnmt3a (DNA methyltransferase 3a) results in an abundance of stem cells and a lack of blood cells, said a consortium of researchers led by those at in the Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Center at Baylor College of Medicine in a report online in the journal...

2011-12-01 10:52:46

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have shown that it is safe to cut and paste together different viruses in an effort to create the ultimate vehicle for gene therapy. In a phase I clinical trial, the investigators found no side effects from using a "chimeric" virus to deliver replacement genes for an essential muscle protein in patients with muscular dystrophy. "This trial demonstrates that gene therapy is no longer limited by the viruses we find in nature, and...


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