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Gene therapy: Zolgensma to treat spinal muscular atrophy

May 29, 2019 – Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a group of neuromuscular disorders that result in the loss of motor neurons and progressive muscle wasting. The severity of symptoms and age of onset varies by the type. Some types are apparent at or before birth while others are not apparent until adulthood. 

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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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Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Single-Dose Gene-Replacement Therapy

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Axicabtagene Ciloleucel (Yescarta) gene therapy for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

October 19, 2017 – The American  Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just approved Axicabtagene Ciloleucel (Yescarta), a cell-based gene therapy, to treat adult patients with certain types of large B-cell lymphoma who have not responded to or who have relapsed after at least two other kinds of treatment.

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The first gene therapy FDA approved in the US

September 3, 2017 – For a very first time, the American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a gene therapy for the United States (US) in that it approved CAR T-cell therapy to treat certain children and young adults with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-cell ALL).

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New hope for children with the ultra-rare immune disorder ADA-SCID: Gene therapy Strimvelis recommended for approval by EMA’s CHMP

April 02, 2016 – The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended granting a marketing authorisation in the European Union (EU) for a new gene therapy for the treatment of patients with adenosine-deaminase-deficient severe combined immunodeficiency (ADA-SCID), who have no matching donor for a stem cell transplant.

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  • Distinct social profile and high ASD risk, 3q29 deletion survey finds July 19, 2019
    A survey of 93 people with 3q29 deletion syndrome reveals a distinct pattern of social disability and anxiety, even without a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. The results were published online in Molecular Autism on July 16.
  • Study sheds light on the darker parts of our genetic heritage July 19, 2019
    More than half of our genome consists of transposons,DNA sequences that are reminiscent of ancient, extinct viruses.Transposons are normally silenced by a process known as DNA methylation, but their activation can lead to serious diseases. Very little is known about transposons but researchers in an international collaboration project have now succeeded for the first time […]
  • Molecular cause for severe multi-organ syndrome July 19, 2019
    Three unrelated families on three continents (from continental Portugal, the United States and Brazil), all with healthy ancestors, had children with a very rare multi-organ condition that causes early-onset retinal degeneration, sensorineural hearing loss, microcephaly, intellectual disability, and skeletal dysplasia with scoliosis and short stature.
  • Researchers determine epigenetic origin of docetaxel-resistant breast cancer July 19, 2019
    Researchers at the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) have published a study in Molecular Cancer Research in which they identify methylation patterns associated with different subtypes of breast cancer, and a subclassification of the group of "triple negatives," a breast cancer type typically associated with poor prognosis. In addition, they identified changes in DNA methylation […]
  • Researchers report the function of reverse-twisting DNA July 19, 2019
    Normally, the two strands of the DNA double helix wind around each other in a right-handed spiral. However, there is another conformation called Z-DNA in which the strands twist to the left. The function of Z-DNA has remained a mystery since its discovery. A newly published paper unambiguously establishes that the Z-conformation is key to […]
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