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FDA Announces First Gene Therapy in U.S.

Written by Mary Dunkle on August 31, 2017

In an action the rare disease community has been eagerly awaiting, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the first-ever approval of a gene therapy in the U.S. The product is Kymriah, and it is approved to treat certain children and young adults who have a cancer of blood… Read More

Rare Diseases & Orphan Products Breakthrough Summit Speakers

Written by Jennifer Huron on October 5, 2016

RareSummit_Logo_RGB_smallWashington, D.C., October 5, 2016 – NORD, the leading independent nonprofit organization representing the 30 million Americans with rare diseases, today announced the three keynote speakers for its 2016 Rare Diseases & Orphan Products Breakthrough Summit to be held Oct. 17-18… Read More

Guest Blog: Tour For A Cure

Written by Jennifer Huron on August 3, 2016
 By Alison Rockett Frase, Guest Blogger

In 1995 our son, Joshua, was born with a very rare muscle disorder called Myotubular Myopathy; an early death was imminent for our first-born. Through the despair and dismay, a vision of faith and hope was birthed through the Joshua Frase Foundation. Our vision seemed… Read More

A CRISPR Approach to Genome Editing

Written by Marsha Lanes on December 4, 2013

Genome editing is a process that involves cutting out mutations in DNA and replacing them with new genetic material.  This is an exciting idea because if it can be refined to a level that is safe and effective, the prospect of eradicating genetic diseases is no longer science fiction.  Read More