Researchers Use Gel To Deliver Gene Therapy To Diaphragm Muscle

University of Florida researchers have used a common gel to successfully deliver gene therapy to the diaphragm muscle of mice with inherited respiratory weaknesses, enabling them to breathe easier. The technique, described in the current issue of Molecular Therapy, could eventually lead to a method to correct genetic conditions in humans that cause diaphragm weakness and respiratory failure -- a leading cause of death in tens of thousands of patients with forms of muscular dystrophy, including Pompe’s disease. Thousands of Americans with muscle-weakening diseases are placed on ventilators each year, according to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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