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Gene Therapy

New Gene Therapy Lights up Vision

Medical Discovery News | Posted 03.15.2016 | Science
Medical Discovery News

The treatment may be approved this year, but many people won't be able to afford the $100,000 cost. Still, we're excited this gene therapy works and this approach could benefit other genetic vision disorders.

The Public Must Speak Up About Genome Editing -- Beyond Embryo Modification

Silvia Camporesi | Posted 10.08.2016 | Politics
Silvia Camporesi

The recent call by U.S. scientists for a temporary pause "in the application of germ-line modification for clinical application in humans while the implications of such activity are discussed" has added a new intensity to the debate and reveals a potential bioethical divide between the US and the UK.

Bringing up Designer Babies

Ana Harris | Posted 05.13.2016 | Science
Ana Harris

The technology to alter traits of individuals exists. CRISPR is a gene editing technology that scientists can use to replace defective parts of the DNA sequence with healthy ones. Tampering with DNA can erase the faulty genes causing debilitating diseases.

Debate Flares Over Genetically Modified Embryos

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.24.2015 | Science

Are scientists playing with fire? That's suddenly a big question for bioethicists, now that researchers in China have confirmed that they genetical...

4 Things to Know About Gene Therapy

David A. Williams, MD | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
David A. Williams, MD

as a physician-scientist who has been involved in basic gene therapy research and the development of clinical trials since the 1980s, it is exciting to witness gene therapy making a comeback.

Learning From Stem Cells: Helping a Broken Heart Mend Itself

Deepak Srivastava, MD | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Deepak Srivastava, MD

Stem cells offer great hope to treat a variety of diseases, but the strategy we are taking offers an alternative approach to regenerate organs. Specifically, we should look to the great potential of changing our own cells to repair damaged tissue.

A Former IVF Baby on "Three-Parent IVF"

Jessica Cussins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Jessica Cussins

There are large social and ethical considerations that mitochondrial replacement forces us to confront. Most importantly, this technology raises one of the thorniest questions humanity will ever face: are we willing to genetically modify future generations of humans?

Siblings With 'Bubble Boy Disease' Get Help From Experimental Gene Therapy

Posted 09.14.2012 | Healthy Living

Thanks to a new gene therapy treatment, young siblings from Arizona have become among the first few people to be cured of severe combined immune defic...

Europe Takes The Lead Toward Approval Of First Gene Therapy Drug

XPRIZE | Posted 09.29.2012 | Technology

A watershed moment in gene therapy has finally come to pass. This month, a committee from the European Medicines Agency recommended the approval of a gene therapy drug, named Glybera (alipogene tiparvovec), for the treatment of a rare inherited genetic disorder.

Optogenetics: A Novel Technology With Questions Old and New

Ruth Starkman | Posted 09.25.2012 | Science
Ruth Starkman

Optogenetics is a combination of genetics and optics to manipulate single neurons using pulses of light delivered to the brain via fiber optic threads.

Science Fiction Or Science Fact? What Happened To The Gay Gene?

Marten Weber | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marten Weber

Ever since The Science of Desire by Dean Hamer (1993), the scientific world and gays and lesbians around the world have been plagued by the idea of a single gene controlling human sexual orientation. The specter of de-gaying by gene therapy has haunted us ever since.

Potential HIV Breakthrough

Posted 11.19.2011 | Healthy Living

Researchers like what they've seen so far from a new HIV gene therapy treatment. From Reuters: An early stage trial of Sangamo BioSciences Inc's...

WATCH: Is It Possible to Cure Aging?

Posted 09.07.2011 | Healthy Living

The first person to reach age 150 may have already been born, according to one British scientist. And the first person to live to be 1,000 years o...

Study Shows Hope For Type Of Blindness

Wall Street Journal | By RON WINSLOW | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

A small but provocative study showed that a form of gene therapy significantly improved the vision of patients left legally blind by a rare genetic ey...

Major Gaps In Oversight Of Human Medical Research

HuffPost Investigative Fund | By Jeanne Lenzer and Shannon Brownlee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ten years ago, an 18-year-old student named Jesse Gelsinger died during a medical research trial involving gene therapy at the University of Pennsylva...