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Cystic fibrosis: CFTR-gene editing may cure this genetic disease

August 13, 2019 – A very significant research article by the title “Allele specific repair of splicing mutations in cystic fibrosis through AsCas12a genome editing” has just appeared in the open access Journal Nature Communications. This work provide hope to patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) that in the nearer future CF may be curable,

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CRISPR/Cas9 for the Treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Prime time already?

December 12, 2018 – The application of CRISPR/Cas9 based molecular technology in the field of gene editing (or genome editing) has recently had its exploded limelight exposure for a couple of reasons. The question arises if this exposure is earned or somewhat premature.

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Marsili Syndrome: A mutation in the ZFHX2 gene leaves Italian family painless

December 21, 2017 – No pain on gain. This headline might not at all apply for this Italian family. In a paper just published in the Journal Brain,

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Voretigene Neparvovec-Rzyl (Luxturna): Gene therapy to treat inherited vision loss

December 20, 2017 –  The American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved  a novel gene therapy to treat patients with a rare form of inherited vision loss. Voretigene Neparvovec-Rzyl (Luxturna) is the first directly administered gene therapy approved to target a disease caused by mutations in a specific human gene (i.e.,

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US: Approval of Alglucosidase Alfa [Lumizyme] to treat Pompe disease expanded to patients of all ages

August 1. 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the approval of Lumizyme (alglucosidase alfa) for treatment of patients with infantile-onset Pompe disease, including patients who are less than 8 years of age. In addition,

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FDA approves Elosulfase Alfa [Vimizim] to treat the rare congenital enzyme disorder Mucopolysaccharidosis Type IVA (Morquio A syndrome)

April 18, 2014 – Have you ever heard of Mucopolysaccharidosis Type IVA (Morquio A syndrome)? Most probably not.  And I would also think that only very few people are familiar with the “Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Voucher Program” by the FDA.

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FDA approves first long-acting recombinant coagulation Factor IX concentrate for patients with Hemophilia B

March 28, 2014 – This is a press release by the FDA (announcement relayed without modification):

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Alprolix, Coagulation Factor IX (Recombinant), Fc Fusion Protein, for use in adults and children who have Hemophilia B. Alprolix is the first Hemophilia B treatment designed to require less frequent injections when used to prevent or reduce the frequency of bleeding.

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  • Researchers find genetic links to child obesity across diverse ethnic groups August 22, 2019
    An international team of researchers who analyzed data across multiple ethnicities has produced the largest genetic study to date associated with common childhood obesity. The Early Growth Genetics (EGG) Consortium discovered a robust new signal, fine-mapped previously reported genetic variants, and added to evidence that genetic influences on obesity operate across the lifespan.
  • Researchers develop model to personalize radiation treatment August 22, 2019
    A personalized approach to cancer treatment has become more common over the last several decades, with numerous targeted drugs approved to treat particular tumor types with specific mutations or patterns. However, this same personalized strategy has not translated to radiation therapy, and a one-size-fits-all approach for most patients is still common practice. Moffitt Cancer Center […]
  • How our genes and environment influence BMI and height August 22, 2019
    Environmental conditions influence our body mass index (BMI) by increasing or decreasing the effect of inherited genetic variations, University of Queensland researchers have discovered.
  • Genetic testing and family tree research are revealing painful family secrets, research says August 22, 2019
    Genealogical research and genetic testing are revealing skeletons in family closets and causing rifts among members, a new study shows.
  • Researchers use single-cell sequencing to get a better look at human embryo implantation August 22, 2019
    A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in China has used single-cell sequencing to learn more about the human embryo during implantation in the uterus. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes sequencing thousands of human embryo cells from before, during and after implantation, and what they learned from it.
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