Pennsylvania researchers using gene therapy have made significant improvements in vision in 12 patients with a rare inherited visual defect, a finding that suggests it may be possible to produce similar improvements in a much larger number of patients with retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration.
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5-hydroxymethylcytosine a new serious epigenetic player
ScienceDaily (July 26, 2008) — A multi-institutional team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has developed a powerful new tool for genomic research and medicine — a robust method for generating synthetic enzymes that can target particular DNA sequences for inactivation or repair.
A New Zealand report on the cultural, ethical and spiritual aspects of pre-birth testing by Toi te Taiao: the Bioethics CouncilIn Genetic on June 23, 2008 at 1:15 am
some far reaching recommendations such as
There is insufficient cultural, ethical and spiritual reasons to prohibit the use of preimplantation
genetic diagnosis for sex selection for social reasons such as ‘family balancing’.