Mouse study points to effective treatment of Fragile X syndrome

Fragile X syndrome is the most common genetic causes of intellectual disability, affecting about 1 in 4,000 people with more males affected than females, and also the most common genetic cause of autism, being responsible for 2-6% of all cases of autism. While no drugs have yet been approved to treat Fragile X syndrome, there … Continue reading Mouse study points to effective treatment of Fragile X syndrome

Animal research: At the forefront of modern medicine

Several reports in the news over the past week have highlighted yet again the importance of animal research to medical advances. The BBC reports that gene therapy has been used successfully to treat a patient with severe β-thalassemia.  β-thalassemia is an inherited disorder caused by mutations in the β-globin chain of haemoglobin that lead to … Continue reading Animal research: At the forefront of modern medicine