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Tag: Progeria

June 19, 2020
LMNA, a gene coding for lamins, whose mutations cause many developmental diseases, is linked to Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria (HGP) [1]. HGP is a disease that causes premature aging and is currently affecting around 390 children. Their average life expectancy is around 13 years, but some affected individuals can live to 20 years. Nuclear lamins are fibrous...
December 04, 2019
If humans ever reach an average lifespan of well over 100 years, what is going to happen? Are we going to be bored with such long lives? "Well," says Prof. Brian Kennedy of the National University of Singapore, "If you ask me: 'Do I want to have cancer at 75? Do I want have Alzheimer’s...
April 22, 2019
On April 30th at 13:00 EST the Journal Club will be discussing the recent paper from the Salk Institute. The findings, published in the journal Nature Medicine, showcase a novel CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing therapy that can suppress the accelerated aging observed in mice with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome. This treatment provides an important insight into the molecular pathways...
February 20, 2019
Researchers at the Salk Institute have moved a step closer to a possible therapy for Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that is often described as accelerated aging, as people with it appear to age far faster than normal. Using a new CRISPR/Cas9 gene therapy in a mouse model, they were able to slow...