The Angelman Approach : hacking DNA to treat a rare disease
Author(s)Levy, Brandon A
Hacking DNA to treat a rare disease
Hacking deoxyribonucleic acid to treat a rare disease
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing.
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One of every hundred children is born with a disease caused by a single abnormal gene. In the case of Angelman Syndrome, the genetic defect leaves patients mentally disabled, largely or completely unable to speak, and prone to seizures and sleep difficulties. Many Angelman researchers are trying to figure out precisely how those symptoms develop, but why study all the individual effects when you could go right to the root of the problem? Recent advances in medicine and technology are increasingly allowing clinicians to treat genetic illnesses by directly manipulating patients' DNA, and a number of scientists are now investigating ways to leverage those discoveries for individuals with Angelman Syndrome. Their work could lead to potent therapies for the disease, and - maybe - even a cure.
Thesis: S.M. in Science Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Comparative Media Studies/Writing, 2017.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 18-20).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Comparative Media Studies.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Comparative Media Studies., Graduate Program in Science Writing.