Scientists rewrite DNA to cure killer heart diseases


Scientists hope to find an injectable cure for inherited heart diseases after a team from the UK, the US and Singapore received a £30 million (about R600 million) grant for research.

CureHeart hopes to develop cures for the diseases using gene therapy techniques that could silence or edit the faulty genes that cause the deadly conditions.

Inherited heart conditions can cause the heart to stop suddenly or over time, often killing young people in their prime. Every week 12 people under the age of 35 die because of the conditions, which also account for around half of heart transplants.

The £30 million grant from the British Heart Foundation will help progress research into CureHeart's treatments.

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