Doctors have used the up-and-coming gene therapy tool CRISPR in a human for the first time as part of an ongoing clinical trial to treat a genetic condition called Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). LCA is an inherited eye disorder that affects the retina (the layer of tissue at the back of the eye that detects…

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Photo Credit: MIKI Yoshihito, via Flickr. Updated: March 6, 2019 Our CEO and President, Ellen T. Matloff, sat down with a former patient who also had the perspective of being a medical student. He is now a practicing physician. Carl’s story starts with his mother’s various cancers and her genetic testing. She tested positive for…

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    1. Nettie Stevens (1861-1912, American) discovered that a fetus’s sex is determined by chromosomes contributed by the parents during conception. Previously it was believed that the environmental factors during conception determined sex.       2. Charlotte Auerbach (1899-1994, German) has been called the “mother of mutagenesis” due to her discovery of genetic…

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