Treatment of Genetic Disease
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2018 (Open) Submit Now
Khue Vu Nguyen, PhD, DSc
Full Project Scientist, Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, University of California of San Diego, San Diego, USA
E-Mail: [email protected]
Research Interests: molecular biology; genetic diseases; enzymology; biosensors; biopolymers; neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders; cancer
About This Topic
It is with great pleasure to introduce a special issue, namely “Treatment of Genetic Disease”, which is scheduled to appear this year in OBM Genetics. I cordially invite authors to contribute their excellent works to this exciting forum. Submissions are now open and will be fully considered for publication.
Genes are the building blocks of heredity. They are passed from parent to child. A genetic disease occurs when a person has one or more abnormal genes, missing genes, extra genes, inactivated genes, or overly active genes that lead to a medical condition. With the increasing ability to control infectious and nutritional diseases in developed countries, there has come the realization that genetic diseases are a major cause of disability, death, and human tragedy. Recent findings, however, show a role of epigenetic modifications, gene-gene and/or gene-environment interactions in the disease etiology. As such, in this special issue of OBM Genetics, I have selected topics that highlight the current progress in diagnostics and treatment of genetic diseases including gene, stem cell, epigenetic therapies, and discussed about future directions in the field aimed toward innovative therapies using RNA-based therapeutic or RNA as therapeutic target. To this end, specific mRNA in cells and tissues appears as an ideal target for therapeutic intervention and antisense drugs are potential treatment.