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Newsletter August 2015

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News: How CRISPR Could Change the World
Before 2012, researchers interested in studying how bacteria worked knew that microbes defended themselves against certain viruses using something they called a CRISPR/Cas system. There are a number of studies published in the early 2000s — starting in 2002 — discussing the presence of these systems and investigating how they work. There weren't many people studying that system then, especially compared to now, and those working in that area were doing what's called basic, or fundamental science, investigating something for the sake of curiosity or interest — not because they knew that research would have a practical or profitable result. They didn't know they were studying something that could be used to change the world, something that would give scientists the ability to rewrite DNA — the building blocks of life.

News: Resurrection Of Extinct Virus Could Open The Doors To Gene Therapy Innovations
Gene therapy involves using viruses to replace missing or malfunctioning genes in order to treat some diseases, such as cancer. Experts believe this technique is at the forefront of medical treatment, but unfortunately it has one massive flaw: the immune system often destroys the viruses before they have the chance to deliver the therapy. According to a recent study, the way to get around this flaw could be by resurrecting an ancient virus.

- 17 – 20 September 2015, XXIII Congress of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT) and the Finnish Society of Gene Therapy, Helsinki, Finland
- 29 – 30 September 2015, Cell & Gene Therapy Europe, Barcelona, Spain
- 9 – 10 October 2015, Second International Conference on In Utero Transplantation & Fetal Gene Therapy, London, UK
- 12 – 13 October 2015, 3rd Cancer Vaccines and Gene Therapy Meeting, Malvern, PA
- 4 – 6 November 2015, 8th Congress of the Spanish Society of Gene (SETGyC) and Cell Therapy, San Sebastian, Spain
- 4 – 6 November 2015, ATMP 2015 - Issues and Challenges from Bench to Bedsite, Tutzing, Germany
- 5 – 6 November 2015, Genome on demand? Exploring the implications of human genome editing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- 18 – 20 November 2015, 14th Annual Gene Therapy Symposium for Heart, Lung, and Blood Diseases, Sonoma, CA
- 2 – 3 December 2015, Cell Therapy Manufacturing & Gene Therapy Congress, Brussels, Belgium
- 9 - 11 March 2016, French Society of Cell and Gene Therapy (SFTCG) Annual Congress, Marseille, France
- 4 - 7 May 2016, American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) 19th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
- 25 – 26 July 2016, XIV International Conference on Cell and Gene Therapy, Paris, France
- 28 – 30 July 2016, The 22th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Gene Therapy (JSGT), Venue to be determined, Japan
- 18 – 21 October 2016, XXIV Congress of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT) and the International Society for Stem Cell Research, Florence, Italy


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