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October 9, 2017

In a First, Gene Therapy Halts a Fatal Brain Disease

  • Science
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Neuroscience

The New York Times – For the first time, doctors have used gene therapy to stave off a fatal degenerative brain disease, an achievement that some experts had thought impossible.

The key to making the therapy work? One of medicine’s greatest villains: HIV.

The patients were children who had inherited a mutated gene causing a rare disorder, adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD. Nerve cells in the brain die, and in a few short years, children lose the ability to walk or talk.

Read more at The New York Times.

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