Genetics
New therapy against rare gene defectsNew therapy against rare gene defects

On 15th April is the 1st International Pompe Disease Day, a campaign to raise awareness of this rare but severe gene defect. Pompe Disease is only one of more than 40 metabolic disorders that mainly affect children under the age of 10, often with devastating consequences. Now scientists of the European research project EUCLYD setting up new therapeutic methods to tackle these gene defects.

April 2014
Two approaches to treat Lysosomal Storage DiseasesTwo approaches to treat Lysosomal Storage Diseases

Enzyme therapy proves effective in treating LSDs, whilst gene therapy is an upcoming contender.

April 2014
Generoso Andria – Enzyme and gene therapy for treating genetic disordersGeneroso Andria – Enzyme and gene therapy for treating genetic disorders

Genetic malfunctioning of waste recycling in the cell causes serious disorders. Enzyme replacement therapy proves effective and gene therapy looks promising

April 2014
How many pills? Ask your genesHow many pills? Ask your genes

Usually pharmaceutical companies determine the drug dosage just as a mean value. This amount may be too much for patients who absorb the substance faster, and too little for those with a slower metabolism. But in the future, your genes could tell you which dosage is right for you…

March 2014
Anke-Hilse Maitland van der Zee - Blood thinners at the right doseAnke-Hilse Maitland van der Zee - Blood thinners at the right dose

A new DNA-test can help find the right dose for blood thinners against thrombosis. But is it ready yet for standard clinical practice?

March 2014
Better diagnostics for thrombosis are a matter of resourcesBetter diagnostics for thrombosis are a matter of resources

A new DNA-test serves as an accurate diagnostic for blood thinners during thrombosis treatment. But it will need to demonstrate cost-effectiveness to enter the market.

March 2014
Malin Parmar - Reversing Pakinson’s by programming stem cells as neuronsMalin Parmar - Reversing Pakinson’s by programming stem cells as neurons

A new research project investigates the possibilities of using stem cells therapies against neurodegenerative diseases

February 2014
Advances in Treating Huntington’s DiseaseAdvances in Treating Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s Disease is a rare neurological disorder with no effective treatment, yet. But there is hope, at least for the future, coming from a number of research endeavours in Italy and Great Britain.

February 2014
HuntingtonHuntington's disease: A treatment in sight?

New biomarkers will follow disease progress and rapidly detect effects of a novel drug.

February 2014
Prof. Alain Privat: "Reconstructing the neuronal circuitry of a damaged spine looks like a much closer goal now"Prof. Alain Privat: "Reconstructing the neuronal circuitry of a damaged spine looks like a much closer goal now"

Prof. Alain Privat, Research Director at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) and his team were the first to demonstrate the presence of stem cells in adult human spinal cords

August 2010
Eyeing a common origin (where even Darwin didn’t manage to tread)Eyeing a common origin (where even Darwin didn’t manage to tread)

Professor Walter Gehring’s discovery of the Pax-6 gene, is now widely regarded as the surprising confirmation of the single origin of an organ as perfect as this, which Darwin had passionately postulated but found especially hard to defend

June 2009
One Gene, One VisionOne Gene, One Vision

New genetic discoveries explain how it is possible to build very different kinds of eyes with the same genes

May 2009
Prof. Thomas Klockgether: "Ataxia-sufferers are placing their hopes in research"Prof. Thomas Klockgether: "Ataxia-sufferers are placing their hopes in research"

Prof. Thomas Klockgether, head of the Department of Neurology, of the University Hospital Bonn describes how research progress is providing useful insight into the functioning of a rare hereditary disease: Ataxia

June 2010
Cystic Fibrosis: A European CauseCystic Fibrosis: A European Cause

Nineteen years after the identification of mutations in the gene which cause cystic fibrosis, European researchers have identified fifteen potential repair molecules

November 2009
A New Light on ProgeriaA New Light on Progeria

A team of European researchers recently discovered how the regulation of progenitor cell proliferation and differentiation in highly regenerative tissues, such as skin and muscles, spins out of control

November 2009
The Fish that Protects Your LifeThe Fish that Protects Your Life

European researchers explore the possibility to repair a heart after a myocardial infarction by an infusion of progenitor cells and developing a vaccination against atherosclerosis

November 2009
Stem Cells: A Genetic PerspectiveStem Cells: A Genetic Perspective

The Plurigenes project, involving 7 European labs plus a start-up, impressed scientists around the world by showing that normal skin cells can be reprogrammed to an embryonic state in mice

November 2009
Genes out of BalanceGenes out of Balance

For a neurodegenerative disease that strikes later in life with neuronal dysfunction and subsequent cell death by showing a mind-boggling heterogeneity of subtypes, spinocerebellar ataxia had not been adequately tackled for a long time

May 2009
All made-to-order organs for transplant "20 years away"All made-to-order organs for transplant "20 years away"

Researchers and scientists foresee to improve radically the ability of adult stem cells to treat patients with serious diseases, thus increasing hope in people waiting for organ transplantation

May 2009