Breakthrough gene therapy at WSU


FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – A local researcher helps find a cure for a rare disease.

Gene therapy is the key that unlocked treatment for a disorder that attacks the pancreas at a laboratory at Wright State University.

Dr. Kate Excoffon has been working to help some patients who have a rare gastrointestinal disease that attacks the pancreas.

“This disease is called lipoprotein lipase, so all the fat we take in, whether McDonald’s or somewhere else, comes in intestine and fatty particles enter blood stream and have to be digested,” said Dr. Excoffon.

Because these patients don’t have the gene that digests fat, Dr. Excoffon found a way through gene therapy, to make a healthy genetic copy.


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