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Gene Therapy

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
XPRIZE

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.

Gene Therapy Treatment OK, Says European Regulator

AP | Associated Press | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living

LONDON -- The European Medicines Agency is recommending the first-ever approval of a gene therapy treatment in the West. The EMA said in a statement ...

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

Marten Weber | Posted 08.04.2012 | Gay 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...