Research Is Being Conducted To Help People With Marfan Syndrome?
Scientists are approaching research on Marfan
syndrome from a variety of perspectives. One approach is to better
understand what happens once the genetic defect or mutation occurs. How does
it change the way connective tissue develops and functions in the body? Why
are people with Marfan syndrome affected differently? Scientists are
searching for the answers to these questions both by studying the genes
themselves and by studying large family groups affected by the disease.
Newly developed mouse models that carry mutations in the fibrillin gene may
help scientists better understand the disorder. Animal studies that are
preliminary to gene therapy are also under way.
Other scientists are focusing on ways to treat some
of the complications that arise in people with Marfan syndrome. Clinical
studies are being conducted to evaluate the usefulness of certain
medications in preventing or reducing problems with the aorta. Researchers
are also working to develop new surgical procedures to help improve the
cardiac health of people with Marfan syndrome.
For further up to date
information why not visit the Marfan's Research Foundation
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