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24June, 2024

Angelman Syndrome Treatment Efforts and a Novel Prenatal Strategy

June 24th, 2024|Categories: Featured Perspectives On Current Science|

Imagine finding out your child may never walk, talk, feed, or dress themselves. Never have a job, get married, or have children. Never live independently. This long list of milestones never to be met is the experience for many parents with children diagnosed with Angelman syndrome (AS), a rare, early-onset neurodevelopmental disorder affecting approximately one in 12,000 to 20,000 ...

28May, 2024

Treating Genetic Causes of Dravet Syndrome

May 28th, 2024|Categories: Featured Perspectives On Current Science|

In September 2014, identical twins Hudson Blake and Grady Lee were born and appeared seemingly perfect. However, when their mom went to return to work when the boys were 12 weeks old, she started to notice they both had an odd shiver. When Hudson began shivering again one day, his mom took him to the ER, where he started ...

7May, 2024

Hope of New Treatments for Chronic Liver Disease MASH (NASH)

May 7th, 2024|Categories: Perspectives on Current Science|

In the early stages of Metabolic Dysfunction-Associated Steatohepatitis (MASH), many patients are asymptomatic, though some may feel weak or fatigued or have an ache in their upper right abdomen. While lifestyle changes can help patients diagnosed early enough, more advanced stages of the disease have fewer options. However, recent successful clinical trials are providing hope that this may change. ...

16April, 2024

RNA Single-base Editing Therapy that Treats Genetic Lung and Liver Disease Entered Clinical Trials

April 16th, 2024|Categories: Perspectives on Current Science|

When Peggy's mom was in her forties, she started to have trouble breathing. Although she had never smoked, she had been exposed second-hand earlier in her life. Eventually, her mother ended up at the Mayo Clinic, where she was the 36th patient to be diagnosed with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (AATD). Knowing it was a genetic condition, the doctors tested ...

1April, 2024

Jennifer Doudna – Seeking to Improve the World with CRISPR

April 1st, 2024|Categories: Perspectives on Current Science|

At 10:53 p.m. on Oct. 7, Jennifer Doudna woke to a buzzing sound. Picking up her phone — which she noticed had multiple missed calls and messages — she was greeted by the voice of Nature journalist Heidi Ledford. The day before, Doudna had been in an all-day meeting; feeling exhausted and not thinking too much about the imminent ...

14March, 2024

FDA Approved the First CRISPR Treatment – Potential Cure for People with Sickle Cell Disease

March 14th, 2024|Categories: Perspectives on Current Science|

Victoria Gray was diagnosed with sickle cell disease (SCD) when she was just three months old; since then, episodes of pain and frequent hospitalizations have been a part of her life. Many of her dreams seemed like far-off impossibilities when the smallest things, like changing weather, would put her in the hospital. Every four to six weeks, she would ...

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