Scientific and Technology Breakthroughs Show Promise for Lupus and Other Immunologic Diseases

The Lupus Research Alliance is pleased and very encouraged to share a promising scientific breakthrough reported in the New York Times with real potential to revolutionize lupus treatment.  Just reported in the prestigious journal Nature, scientists in Dr. Alexander Marson's lab at the University of California, San Francisco have developed an innovative way to engineer genes of the body's immune system to treat immunologic diseases like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and HIV. 

Building on decades of work, these scientists have used cutting-edge technology to quickly and efficiently insert beneficial genes at exact locations within human immune cells.  Previously, this process was time-consuming, expensive and imprecise, introducing toxic viruses that could damage the cells.

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