Breakthroughs put diseases on the back foot


It has been a remarkable year of promise in medical science

  • James Gallagher

Incurable diseases from sickle cell to haemophilia now look as though they can be treated.

Here are the highlights.


The defect that causes the devastating degenerative disease Huntington’s has been corrected in patients for the first time.

Shu 3cIt has been called the biggest breakthrough in neurodegenerative diseases for 50 years.

The disease is caused by an aberration in a section of DNA called the huntingtin gene.

The error corrupts a…

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