Researchers near ALS…

WORCESTER – Researchers at UMass Medical School on Wednesday announced a potential new breakthrough in the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The proposed gene therapy technique, which involves using synthetic microRNAs to switch off the proteins linked to the degenerative neurological disease, has so far proven effective in animal experiments, and is headed to clinical trials on patients.

The treatment would only be for the roughly 10 percent of ALS patients who have the familial version of the disease, however, according to Christian Mueller, a faculty member at UMass who worked… more