Layla gene editing

Gene-editing breakthrough – what does this mean for DC?

Photo credit: The Times   The Times reports that a pioneering gene-editing treatment is likely to have been successful in treating a little girl suffering from leukaemia. This follows an article last year, which first reported on the procedure.   Two-year old Layla could potentially be the first person in the world to have been saved[…]

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Gene therapy for dyskeratosis congenita? Scientists report first success for dyskeratosis congenita mice

Spanish scientists have reported successful gene therapy treatment for mice with dyskeratosis congenita-like problems. Aplastic anaemia (very low blood counts due to bone marrow failure) was reversed by introduction of a gene therapy virus, which delivered a top up of the TERT gene. TERT gene abnormalities cause dyskeratosis congenita in both mice and humans. Interestingly,[…]