Synthetic RNA Lessens Severity of Fatal Disease

Synthetic RNA Lessens Severity of Fatal Disease

Science Daily | November 21, 2011

A team of University of Missouri researchers have found that targeting a synthetic molecule to a specific gene could help the severity of the disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) — the leading genetic cause of infantile death in the world.

“When we introduced synthetic RNA into mice that carry the genes responsible for SMA, the disease’s severity was significantly lowered,” said Chris Lorson, researcher at the Bond Life Sciences Center and professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology and the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. “The mice that receive synthetic RNA gain more weight, live longer, and had improvements in motor skills. These results are very exciting.”

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