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  • The reconstruction of ancestral proteins from the CRISPR-Cas system opens up new possibilities for gene editing

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  • What is gene therapy? Basic concepts and current state of research

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  • New experimental therapy for patients with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa proves successful

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  • International Congress on the Effects of COVID-19 on People with Rare Diseases

    The International Congress on the Effects of COVID-19 on People with Rare Diseases will be held on November 9-11th 2020 and it is organized by the Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Children's Hospital
  • Between hype and hope: the truth about gene therapy and genome editing in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

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  • Gathering people’s knowledge on cell and gene therapy to create tailored educational materials for patients and citizens

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  • The science corner: the immune system fighting cancer

    A recent paper published in Nature Immunology has raised a lot of enthusiasm amongst scientists and patients. Its remarkable finding was a cancer receptor that enabled a new group of T cells to
  • The rebellion of the leukocytes: Íngrid’s story

    One day, in the summer of 2018, Íngrid felt an unusual pain in the elbow and she noticed it was swelling. The traumatologist concluded that it was due to a simple tendonitis probably caused by the
  • Lluís Montoliu: "Patients have taught me everything I know"

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  • What causes myotonic dystrophy type 1?

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  • Diagnosing and treating gliomatosis cerebri

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