Huntington’s disease research news. In plain language. Written by scientists. For the global HD community.
Day two of the conference looks at some of the most promising approaches to fighting Huntington's disease.
Recent days have seen a slew of news emerging regarding the use of something called genome editing as a potential therapy for genetic diseases like Huntington's Disease. These approaches, which include exotic sounding tools like zinc finger nucleases and CRISPR/Cas9, differ from more traditional ways reducing the impact of the HD mutation on cells. What's new in this exciting area of research?
After an exciting day of science yesterday, day 2 saw updates on strategies to rid cells of the harmful mutant huntingtin protein and exciting reports on current and planned clinical trials.
Recent days have seen a torrent of news stories about a new technology, called CRISPR, which has been described as having potential application in Huntington's disease. Is this new technique as cool as it sounds? Possibly — but, as always, the truth is more complicated than the headlines suggest.