Tag Archives: disease

Great-grandparents or cousins with Alzheimer's linked to higher risk for the disease

(Reuters Health) – Having second- or third-degree relatives with Alzheimer’s raises a person’s risk of developing the disease, a new study suggests. It’s already known that children of Alzheimer’s patients are at higher risk for the disease. But in the new study, people with Alzheimer’s in their extended family were also at a higher risk… Read More »

Can we repair the brain? The promise of stem cell technologies for treating Parkinson's disease

Cell replacement may play an increasing role in alleviating the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) in future. Writing in a special supplement to the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, experts describe how newly developed stem cell technologies could be used to treat the disease and discuss the great promise, as well as the significant challenges,… Read More »

First US attempt to cure a rare disease with genome editing fails miserably 

First US attempt to cure a rare disease with genome editing fails miserably Scientists at Sangamo attempted the first human trial of a gene-editing method to cure rare, debilitating enzyme deficiency diseases  After showing early promise, the DNA replacement failed to reduce levels of harmful unprocessed sugars  The gene replacement itself worked, but after nearly… Read More »