Sunday, December 11, 2011

Haemophilia gene therapy shows early success

[ BBC Health ] 11 Dec

The findings of a "truly a landmark study" by British and American researchers reveals "Just one injection could be enough to mean people with haemophilia B no longer need medication."

Six patients were given a virus that infects the body with the blueprints needed to produce blood-clotting proteins. Four of them could then stop taking their drugs.

People with haemophilia B have an error in their genetic code, which means they cannot produce a protein called factor IX, which is critical for blood-clotting. Patients are currently treated with factor IX injections, sometimes multiple times per week, but the manufacturing process is expensive.

Read full report for more on the new findings.

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