Scientists have discovered a new gene that makes mice happy, a finding that suggests another avenue of drugs for improving depression in humans.
The research represents the first time that depression has been eliminated genetically in any organism, said Guy Debonnel, a psychiatrist and professor at McGill University.
Debonnel and his colleagues achieved this effect by creating and breeding mice lacking a gene also found in humans that affects the transmission of the mood-modulating chemical serotinin.(Read entire article)
at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado believe they are on
the trail of a promising solution to a long-standing mechanical roadblock in
the delivery of gene therapy.
"Gene therapy has kind of come to a halt because we can't get the DNA to the cell efficiently enough to make a difference," explains Dr. Corinne Lengsfeld, associate professor of engineering at the University of Denver. (Read entire article)