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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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Could gene therapy or transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) or any other method help a patient with Williams syndrome?

Could gene therapy or transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) or any other method help a patient with Williams syndrome?

Unlikely: There are no gene therapies I know of for this condition. I have also not seen any research on tDCS use for this condition (mostly depression, parkinson's, gen. anxiety) but very small studies only. I did review Johns Hopkins Psychiatry and Behavioral Science website as they do some of this research. It is very limited and no mention of treatment of Williams syndrome. I am sorry. ...Read more

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Is there any cure for hurler syndrome? And if there is then please tell me which doctor should I meet? And please tell me about gene therapy?

Is there any cure for hurler syndrome? And if there is then please tell me which doctor should I meet? And please tell me about gene therapy?

No: The is no cure for hurler syndrome, but some specialized medical centers are trying enzyme replacement and/or bone marrow transplantation therapy. One can search the web for medical centers involved in hurler syndrome treatment, and can start by looking at: http://marrow.Org/patient/disease_and_treatment/about_your_disease/metabolic_disorders/hurler_s_syndrome.Aspx. ...Read more

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Why isn't gene therapy used to produce insulin?

Why isn't gene therapy used to produce insulin?

Gene therapy: A good question but no immediate answer. I am confident that within the next 5-10 years there will be major advances to produce insulin in your body. Till then you have to be patient. PS: There may be some ongoing clinical trials in which you could participate. ...Read more

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Is cell therapy different from gene therapy?

Is cell therapy different from gene therapy?

Yes: Cell therapy generally involves stem or pluripotent cells that have the potential, under the right triggers, to grow into many different types of cells. These cells are then transplanted to an area of disease. Gene therapy generally involves replacing small dysfunctional segments of dna. Dna is present in almost every cell in our body and is the instruction manual that tells the cell what to do. ...Read more

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What are the complications with gene therapy?

What are the complications with gene therapy?

See: Here is some comprehensive information about gene therapy. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/handbook/therapy.pdf ...Read more

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What disease is gene therapy is used to treat?

What disease is gene therapy is used to treat?

Selected: Gene therapy describes an approach whereby genetic technology will be used to treat many conditions. The easiest use of gene therapy is to replace a faulty gene. An example is glybera which is approved in europe to treat lipoprotein lipase deficienct, a rare genetic disorder. ...Read more

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What are the two approaches to human gene therapy?

What are the two approaches to human gene therapy?

Gene therapy: Here is some comprehensive information about gene therapy. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/handbook/therapy.pdf ...Read more

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Williams Syndrome (Definition)

Neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by loquacious personality, abnormally sensitive hearing, supravalvular aortic stenosis, mental retardation, elfin facies, association with hypercalcemia due to abnormal sensitivity to vitamin d, idiopathic hypercalcemia of pregnancy. Due to deletion in elastin gene and probably several ...Read more


Gene (Definition)

A hereditary unit consisting of a sequence of dna that occupies a specific location on a chromosome and determines a particular characteristic in an organism. Genes undergo mutation when their ...Read more