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Tag: Gene Therapy

Image of scissors cutting DNA to represent gene editing with CRISPR
August 19, 2020
The body can be home to many latent viruses, which can lie dormant for years only to be activated much later under certain conditions. Now, researchers may have the solution to one such persistent virus: herpes simplex virus 1, which is commonly known as oral herpes. Latent viruses put strain on the immune system A...
August 18, 2020
The Journal Club returns August 25th at 13:00 EDT live on our Facebook page where Dr. Oliver Medvedik will be taking a look at the new study by Dr. Maria Blasco from the CNIO, which shows that telomerase therapy can address fibrosis in normally aged mice and not just mouse models of the disease. Short/dysfunctional...
July 03, 2020
Researchers have found that blocking the activity of a single gene causes other cell types to become dopamine-producing neurons, a type of neuron that Parkinson’s disease destroys. What is Parkinson's disease? Parkinson's disease is a progressive, age-related, neurodegenerative disease that mainly affects the motor system and thus movement. Symptoms start gradually; sometimes it begins with...
Gene editing
November 13, 2019
Recently, the first attempt in the United States to use the gene editing tool CRISPR to combat cancer appears to have gone well, according to the initial results of a small human trial to determine safety for the approach. Gene editing is a way to permanently change DNA in order to potentially cure a disease...
November 06, 2019
For the November episode of the Journal Club, Dr. Oliver Medvedik will be reviewing a new study from a team of researchers including Professor George Church. The study saw the deployment of a multiple target gene therapy focused on 3 known longevity genes delivered via an adeno-associated virus. The focus was on mitigating T2 diabetes, heart failure,...
May 08, 2019
In an article last May, we covered how Rejuvenate Bio, a startup biotech company led by Professor George Church, was planning to reverse aging in dogs as a step towards bringing these therapies to us. Those plans are now starting to move forward with news of a trial launch in the fall later this year....