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Gene therapy

Gene therapy is an experimental therapy that aims to treat the source of disease. It may involve replacing faulty genes or introducing new genes to treat disease. Therapeutic gene therapy is still in its infancy and many of the ethical guidelines for its use are still being developed.

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Gene therapy | Better Health Channel

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Muscular dystrophy treatment information video | myVMC

Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disease. Stem cell therapies are being developed to treat muscular dystrophy and other muscle diseases.

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Zelboraf (vemurafenib) information | myVMC

Zelboraf (vemurafenib) is an anti-cancer drug used to treat a melanoma which is metastatic and that which has already a change in the BRAF gene.

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Genetic testing for cancer information | myVMC

Inherited genetic mutations increase the risk of certain cancers. Genetic testing is used to group cancers and develop new targeted cancer therapies.

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Lynparza Capsules - myDr.com.au

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Kids' Health - Topics - Genes - not the kind you wear!

It can be fun to explore all the ways that you are like others in your family - for example the same hair colour, the same talent with football or netball, but it can also be really embarrassing sometimes when you haven't seen a friend of the family or a relative for a while, and they say things like

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The future - Lab Tests Online AU

Introduction to a series of articles developed to provide a behind the scenes look at clinical laboratories.

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Genetic conditions

A genetic condition occurs when you inherit an altered (changed) gene from your parents that increases your risk of developing that particular condition. However not all genetic conditions are passed down from your parents, some gene changes occur randomly before you are born.

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Brain Foundation | Gaucher Disease

Gaucher Disease Gaucher Disease Read more at Virtual Medical Centre Description Gaucher disease is an inherited illness caused by a gene mutation

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Huntington's Disease (Huntington's Chorea) | myVMC

Huntington's disease is an inherited, progressive neurodengenerative disease. It causes slow loss of brain cells and symptoms including dementia.

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