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Fast-tracking rare disease drug candidates' approval

Aspiring new drugs face long and stringent tests on safety and effectiveness before making it to market. And rightly so. But giving drugs special designations that bring with them the right incentives can help bring them ...

Sep 03, 2014
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Renewed hope for gene therapy in rare disease

Between 30 and 40 million people in Europe suffer from rare diseases—many of them children. As most of these diseases have genetic origins, gene therapy is a major hope for their future cure. Until now, ...

Jul 02, 2014
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Gene correction for a rare disease

Angeles suffers from a severe and rare genetic disease called Acute Intermittent Porphyria (AIP). This means, one of her genes restrains her liver to produce a specific protein needed for the metabolism of ...

Jul 02, 2014
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Forecasting pollen in the atmosphere

People suffering from pollen allergy may benefit from efforts to model pollen levels across Europe. But actual observations and personalised data are also essential.

Jun 27, 2014
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Secrets of youth, based on prevention

Metabolites found in our blood are linked to ageing and can signpost the risk of developing age-related diseases. This may help avoid such risks and reduce the rate at which we age biologically.

Jun 26, 2014
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Picking the right virus candidate for gene therapy

Viruses often get bad press. Likened to Trojan horses they are often associated with disease. But, it is precisely because of their infectious nature that they can potentially be used as gene vectors - which ...

Jun 24, 2014
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Video: Why cells turn cancerous

Cancer - about one in three Europeans is confronted with this diagnosis during their lifetime. Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center DKFZ in Heidelberg are investigating the development of cancerous ...

Jun 11, 2014
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Toward new cancer therapies

In 2012, about 8.2 million people died of cancer making the disease a major cause of death worldwide. According to the WHO World Cancer Report 2014, this figure is expected to rise within the next two decades. ...

Jun 11, 2014
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