genetic therapy

Facts about me: 
- Just graduated from Bowie State with a degree in Bioinformatics with minors in Math and Chemistry
- IQ around 140+
- Founding Father of the Epsilon Chapter of Lambda Lambda Lambda, a national multicultural and diversity, social justice frat that DOESN’T DISCRIMINATE ON ANY BASES!!
- Track athlete: 100m/200m sprinter
- Sickle Cell Anemia patient
- Going to grad school next year for my PhD in Biophysics (I want to go into personalized medicine and gene therapy for genetic mutations)
- Future Olympiad AND WON’T STOP UNTIL I AM!!!
- Super duper short but mentally super tall xD 
- 80′s baby but look nothing like it lol
- Love my momma and trying to rid her of internalized anti-blackness lol 

Gene therapy could be used to treat ADHD

A new study in the journal Nature may hold the key to combating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: modifying your genes.

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University’s Langone Medical Center found that ADHD is connected to the thalamic reticular nucleus, where your brain blocks out things that are distracting you. Working with mice, the team discovered that a gene mutation in some of the rodents meant the TRN wasn’t working properly — and that’s where things get interesting.

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Is this the first human to have become younger using gene therapy?

Telomeres are the protective caps (shown in green) on the ends of the strands of DNA called chromosomes, which house our genomes. In young humans, telomeres are about 8,000-10,000 nucleotides long. They shorten with each cell division, however, and when they reach a critical length the cell stops dividing or dies

Elizabeth Parrish, CEO of Seattle based Bioviva, has been using her own company’s experimental therapies. She claims in 6 months, this has reversed 20 years of normal telomere shortening. 

President Obama just sat down with doctors, researchers, and tech industry innovators to talk about advancing precision medicine: medicine tailored to your unique biological needs. Why is this important? Follow along all day as we post letters and stories he’s received from Americans across the country on how precision medicine can change lives. Here’s our first letter today written by Douglas Slemmer from Boulder, Colorado:

I just read about the President’s Precision Medicine initiative and wanted to share my thanks and our story. My wife was diagnosed 15 years ago with a rare cancer that has no proven treatment. She’s been a patient at MD Anderson since then, undergoing 5 surgeries, 1 round of radiation and 3 clinical trials. I’m in tech so for the past decade I’ve eagerly followed the advances in genetic profiling and targeted therapies. After pestering her MDA doctors for years (she gets scanned for new tumors every 4 months) they finally informed us that there was a new genetic testing pilot program they had recommended her for. With that testing we were able to identify the two specific genetic issues driving her cancer. Knowledge in hand, we researched all available clinical trials across the nation (and world). The best clinical trial match was a new drug targeting one of her two defects, which we applied to and crossed our fingers she would be accepted for. I’m thrilled to report that after 12 months of being on that trial, her tumors have been stopped, zero growth. The drug is tough on her but this is the first time in 15 years we’ve had hope that a cure or at least effective treatment was available. Hearing that the President is allocating funds to this type of initiative is heartwarming and inspiring. There were still numerous issues we faced with our recent efforts that I’d love to share with the right people heading up this initiative (difficulty of finding the right trials, the lack of patient advocacy from the drug companies and trial teams…) so perhaps you can forward this note on. Again, thank you. This is the right path to finally finding effective cures.