Is there a cure for Angelman syndrome?

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Is there a cure for Angelman syndrome?
« on: 27/07/2015 10:50:01 »
Belinda Ghillino  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
I would be very pleased to receive information on Angelman syndrome and any recent or future developments for repairing chromosomes, or anything that can benefit sufferers.    

   

What do you think?
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Re: Is there a cure for Angelman syndrome?
« Reply #1 on: 27/07/2015 15:34:51 »
Angelman's happens when the embryo's genes get messed up in utero.

Here is the National Institutes of Health's fact sheet on it..

http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/angelman-syndrome

A tantalising glimpse of a future cure -- perhaps -- was discussed in a recent "Radiolab" podcast describing the CRISPR  technology and its possible use in fiddling human genes-----someday. You can find it here...

http://www.radiolab.org/story/antibodies-part-1-crispr/

It is a fascinating story and has implications straight out of "Brave New World", but ,who knows? 5 years ago I would have said impossible, but now perhaps...
« Last Edit: 27/07/2015 15:36:41 by Pecos_Bill »