PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:41 19 December 2017 Mike Brooke Haemophiliac Jake Omer after therapy treatment at home with his young family. Picture: Barts NHS Trust Barts NHS Trust A father-of-two diagnosed with haemophilia when he was two-years-old has been given the best Christmas present ever by medical researchers in Whitechapel who appear to have found a breakthrough cure. End in sight to constant injections for haemophiliacs after Barts Health NHS Trust clinical trials. Picture: Nathan Clarke Haemophilia is one step closer to being cured following results of a groundbreaking gene therapy trial at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. One of the test patients was Jake Omer, 29, who has had to have injections three times a week nearly all his life to prevent unstoppable bleeding. His condition had left him with arthritis before he was treated with the gene therapy at the Royal London. “The therapy has changed my life,” Jake said. … [Read more...] about Haemophilia breakthrough cure by Royal London Hospital to missing blood-clotting protein
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Home / News / UK and world by Press Association January 1, 2018, 11:14 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter When it comes to scientific achievements, 2017 certainly left its mark. From the use of ground-breaking gene-editing techniques that can potentially stop inherited diseases from taking root, to the creation of an artificial womb, here are a few of last year’s most important scientific milestones that could potentially change our future. 1. Editing genes to treat inherited diseases Gene-editing technology has been in existence for a few years now, but in 2017 scientists achieved a significant breakthrough when they fixed a mutation responsible for congenital heart disease. Taking advantage of the revolutionary tool called CRISPR-Cas9, a gene linked to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (a type of heart failure) was successfully “deleted” from a human embryo so they were no longer programmed to inherit the disease. … [Read more...] about 12 of the biggest scientific breakthroughs of 2017 that might just change the world
A SERIES of new BBC Two shows will explore the Russian Revolution on the eve of its 100th anniversary.On September 28, broadcaster Simon Reeve will travel the vast landscape of Vladimir Putin-led Russia in the first of a three part travel programme.The two revolutions of 1917 led to the dismantling of the Tsarist regime, which had governed Russia for centuries, and the formation of the Soviet Union.But despite both revolts happening months apart, tensions and social unrest had been simmering in the country for decades.Russia was an incredibly poor country which had a hungry working class which was ruled by a decadent aristocracy.When the country industrialised at the turn of the 20th century – which was much later than Western Europe and the US – it accelerated the huge political change which transformed Russia.Major cities such as Moscow and St. Petersburg saw their populations double during this period which resulted in overcrowding and immense poverty while also creating … [Read more...] about What was the Russian revolution of 1917 and where in Russia does Simon Reeve visit in his BBC Two show?
BREAKTHROUGHS in gene editing have paved the way for scientists to fix "faulty" DNA in humans, potentially wiping out inherited diseases for good.Here is all you need to know about the revolutionary CRISPR-Cas9 technique, what it means for future treatments - and fears it could lead to designer babies.For decades scientists have been looking at ways to alter DNA - the blueprint for all living things.This complex string-like structure is made up of thousands of molecules called nucleotides. Sections of DNA are called genes.The order of the nucleotides creates a kind of biological code that regulates chemical processes, development and growth and determines the physical characteristics of the organism.Genes are passed down from parents to their offspring, and any mutations or mistakes in the DNA sequence can lead to deformities and genetic illnesses affecting the vital organs.Scientists have successfully found ways to manipulate DNA at a molecular level - such as genetically modifying … [Read more...] about What is CRISPR-Cas9, how does gene editing work, who discovered the technique and could it mean we live longer?