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Jean M
11-02-2012, 01:11 PM
Gene therapy: Glybera approved by European Commission (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20179561)

A treatment which corrects errors in a person's genetic code has been approved for commercial use in Europe for the first time. The European Commission has given Glybera marketing authorisation, meaning it can be sold throughout the EU. It is a gene therapy for a rare disease which leaves people unable to properly digest fats. The manufacturers say it will be available next year.

11-02-2012, 04:14 PM
Great! Hopefully these early trials will help establish certain viruses as complication-free vectors for inserting genes.

Jean M
11-12-2012, 07:58 PM
Another gene therapy in the pipeline: 'Calm down' genes treat epilepsy in rats (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20297386).

Adding "calm down" genes to hyperactive brain cells has completely cured rats of epilepsy for the first time, say UK researchers. They believe their approach could help people who cannot control their seizures with drugs. The study, published in the journal Science Translation Medicine, used a virus to insert the new genes into a small number of neurons.

11-14-2012, 08:06 PM
Gene therapy: Glybera approved by European Commission (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20179561)

99% of gene therapy research has failed. Hopefully, in this case, there won't be unforeseen side effects. http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/25300/title/Gene-therapy-trial-on-hold/