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Gene Therapy, Surgery Could Mean Eight More Months for Sickest Brain Cancer Patients

May 31, 2015 — As the most malignant of primary brain cancers, glioblastomas are frustratingly difficult to treat. Surgery is often risky and cannot remove all of the tumor, and chemotherapy eventually becomes ... read more

Androgen Deprivation Therapy May Lead to Cognitive Impairment in Prostate Cancer Patients

May 13, 2015 — Cognitive impairment can occur in cancer patients who are treated with a variety of therapies, including radiation therapy, hormone therapy, and chemotherapy. After chemotherapy treatment it is ... read more

May 11, 2015 — Even with the best available treatments, the median survival of patients with metastatic, hormone-refractory prostate cancer is only two to three years. Driven by the need for more effective ... read more

May 5, 2015 — A gene variant that influences whether Huntington’s disease breaks out earlier or later than expected has been identified by researchers. The findings can contribute to improved diagnosis and ... read more

May 4, 2015 — A closer look at the DNA around the Huntington's disease gene offers researchers a new understanding of how the gene is controlled and how this affects the disease. These findings set the stage ... read more

Gene Therapy Efficacy for Leber Congenital Amaurosis Is Dynamic: Improvement Is Followed by Decline in Vision

May 3, 2015 — Gene therapy for Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), an inherited disorder that causes loss of night- and day-vision starting in childhood, improved patients’ eyesight within weeks of treatment in a ... read more

Apr. 29, 2015 — Cardiomyopathies are diseases of weakened heart muscle, which can lead to heart enlargement and heart failure. The conditions are often genetically inherited. Gene therapy can clip out genetic ... read more

Gene Editing Used to Correct Mutation in Cystic Fibrosis

Apr. 27, 2015 — Researchers have successfully corrected the most common mutation in the gene that causes cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited, life-threatening disorder that damages the lungs and ... read more

Toxic Mushroom-Based Drug May Help Battle Colorectal Cancer

Apr. 22, 2015 — For some time, cancer scientists have considered the toxin, alpha-amanatin derived from “death cap” mushrooms, as a possible cancer treatment. However, due to its penchant for causing liver ... read more

New Gene Therapy Success in a Rare Disease of the Immune System

Apr. 21, 2015 — The efficacy of gene therapy treatment for Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome has been demonstrated by researchers. Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome is a rare congenital immune and platelet deficiency which is ... read more

New Genetic Mutation Could Signal Start of Malaria Drug Resistance in Africa

Apr. 17, 2015 — Early indicators of the malaria parasite in Africa developing resistance to the most effective drug available have been confirmed, according to new research. Investigators found Plasmodium falciparum ... read more

Novel Neurodegenerative Disease and Gene Identified With the Help of 'Man's Best Friend'

Apr. 16, 2015 — A breakthrough study performed with veterinary neurologists and neuropathologists has identified a gene mutation that causes a novel type of neurodegenerative disease in dogs. The results of the ... read more

Gene Therapy Superior to Half-Matched Transplant for 'Bubble Boy Disease'

Apr. 13, 2015 — Children with 'bubble boy disease' who undergo gene therapy have fewer infections and hospitalizations than those receiving stem cells from a partially matched donor, new research suggests. ... read more

Apr. 8, 2015 — A team of scientists has produced an alternative to the use of viruses in gene therapy. The researchers synthesized nanoparticles that act as artificial viruses, capable of surrounding DNA fragments ... read more

Apr. 3, 2015 — Scientists have identified a small RNA molecule that can suppress cancer-causing genes in mice with glioblastoma mulitforme, a deadly and incurable type of brain tumor. While standard chemotherapy ... read more

Like Angelina Jolie, Study Pinpoints Genetic Cause of Increased Leukemia Risk

Mar. 25, 2015 — A newly-discovered, heritable genetic cause of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), namely mutation of the gene ETV6, has been discovered by researchers. "These people are born with a broken gene ... read more

Mar. 23, 2015 — Erectile dysfunction is a taboo subject among men. No one likes to talk about it. But the fact is that as men age, an increasing number will suffer from erectile dysfunction. From the age of 30, the ... read more

Consistency Is the Key to Success in Bread Baking, Biology

Mar. 16, 2015 — Whether you're baking bread or building an organism, the key to success is consistently adding ingredients in the correct order and in the right amounts, according to a new genetic ... read more

Boosting a Natural Protection Against Alzheimer's Disease

Mar. 12, 2015 — A gene variant has been identified by researchers that may be used to predict people most likely to respond to an investigational therapy under development for Alzheimer's disease (AD). The ... read more

Mar. 12, 2015 — Researchers have been able to grow patient-derived, healthy cells in the lab, coming a step closer to treating fatal blood disorders. "This work demonstrates a new method that could lead to a ... read more

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