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Genetic Testing

Genetic testing and targeted treatment Q&A and good news

I received a lot of questions regarding my yesterday’s blog.

Most people asked me, “Is it really beneficial for patients? Is genetic testing really helpful?” Yes, it is. We have a very good example. Our friend, Dr. Bess Marshall, discovered that some patients with juvenile diabetes should be treated with a drug called sulfonylurea instead of insulin more than 10 years ago. This was based on genetic testing of one gene. As of today, our hospital has a capability of performing genetic testing of more than 3000 genes at once. This is called “Exome Sequencing.”

By the way, I had wonderful news yesterday. A stem cell-based beta cell replacement therapy has been realized. I was so happy yesterday. I will discuss this more tomorrow.

ViaCyte, Inc. Announces FDA Acceptance of IND to Commence Clinical Trial of VC-01™ Candidate Cell Replacement Therapy for Type 1 Diabetes