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A revolutionary CRISPR gene editing technique applied for the first time to a patient with a visual disorder

The patient, treated at the Casey Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon, belongs to a group of 18 people affected with Leber congenital amaurosis. These patients will participate in the BRILLIANCE study, the first clinical trial to determine the safety and efficacy of a therapy based on the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technique (AGN-151587, EDIT-101). It is the first example of an...

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First gene therapy application of Luxturna in the UK

This February Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford have started treating patients affected by Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) with the Luxturna gene therapy. LCA is a childhood-onset severe retinal dystrophy, which causes irreversible blindness for which, until now, no treatment was available. Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec) is also the first gene therapy approved for the treatment of an...

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Novel dual-vector delivery system for Stargardt disease gene therapy

The American biotechnology company Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation (AGTC), specialized in the development of gene therapies for rare diseases, has just announced Stargardt disease as its new preclinical gene therapy program in ophthalmology. Stargardt disease characterized by a progressive loss of central vision affects one in 8,000-10,000 individuals and is the most common form of inherited macular degeneration. The first...

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Researchers devise a novel, high-precision, gene-editing tool to fix genetic diseases

18/11/19 - Gene editing, Gene Therapy,

In recent years, a powerful gene-editing technology called CRISPR-Cas9 has revolutionized biology turning the process of genome modification into an easy and inexpensive process. This revolutionary technique makes use of molecular tools that allow precise identification of DNA fragments –for example a gene– and either introduce modifications, delete a genomic fragment, or even insert a new DNA fragment or a...

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Researchers develop a new non-invasive route to deliver gene therapy to the retina

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University have tested an alternative route to deliver gene therapy vectors to the retina that could potentially help patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and inherited retinal disorders (IRDs). The new route of administration, called suprachoroidal injection, has been investigated initially in preclinical experiments in animals and uses a microneedle to inject gene-carrying therapeutic viruses...

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Gene therapies open very promising scenarios for the treatment of genetic blindness

Not so far ago, a patient that was clinically diagnosed with a retinal inherited dystrophy had to face an unavoidable outcome, eventual blindness. No effective treatment to cure or halt the progression of the disease was available. This gloomy perspective has been completely upturned by the implementation of cutting edge technologies, and the future looks promising for patients and their...

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