Washington: A new technique has been developed by researchers which uses stem cells to deliver therapy that specifically targets the genetic abnormality found in Huntington’s disease.Huntington’s is a hereditary brain disorder that causes progressive uncontrolled movements, dementia and death. This new approach might block Huntington’s from advancing.Researchers think that the best chance to halt the disease’s progression will be to reduce or eliminate the mutant huntingtin (htt) protein found in the neurons of those with the disease.“For the first time, we have been able to successfully deliver inhibitory RNA sequences from stem cells directly into neurons, significantly decreasing the synthesis of the abnormal huntingtin protein,” Jan A Nolta, principal investigator of the study and director of the UC Davis stem cell program and the UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures, was quoted as saying.
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