In experiments with pigs, scientists at Johns Hopkins have successfully used a technique called "gene painting" to target gene therapy to a specific region of the heart and change the hearts rhythm.
"Getting the genes where we want them has been a key limiting factor in the successful development of gene therapies for heart conditions," said cardiac electrophysiologist Kevin Donahue, M.D., an associate professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and its Heart Institute. "This new technique brings us one step closer to making gene therapies that can be tested on specific heart problems."
The technique, if future studies in pigs and in humans are promising, could help in the development and delivery of future gene therapies for atrial fibrillation, a common ailment in which the electrical signaling that triggers the heartbeat goes awry.
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