Trials of new gene therapy cure ‘butterfly children’ of open wounds that had not healed for years

An experimental treatment created by researchers at Stanford University uses an engineered herpes virus to start production of the missing collagen VII protein, which stops the epidermis and dermis from separating … A gene therapy applied directly to the skin has cured nine patients who were suffering from a rare disease that causes blistering, wounding and scarring as a result of even the lightest contact. Some lesions can remain open for years without closing … read more

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