Ben Philpot, PhD Awarded Rett Syndrome Research Trust Grant

This new project, aimed at reactivating MECP2, has been funded by the Rett Syndrome Research Trust.

Ben Philpot, PhD Awarded Rett Syndrome Research Trust Grant click to enlarge Ben Philpot, PhD

"Researchers have been trying to activate the silenced copy of the MECP2 gene by using drugs, without much success. The Philpot lab will now explore a novel approach using genetic tools that directly interact with the chromosome region that is responsible for switching the MECP2 gene on and off. Their proposed approach aims to flip the switch to turn on the silenced MECP2 gene copy without changing the genetic code itself. If successful in cell culture and mouse models, this strategy could lead to a transformative treatment for individuals suffering with Rett." (Rett Syndrome Research Trust Website)

To learn more about the Philpot Lab, click here.

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