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Eliza’s Story

By The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2018

Watch the viral video that helped the family of a child with Sanfilippo syndrome raise more than $2 million.

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Fighting Canavan Disease

By The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2018

Meet the parents seeking to fund research into a rare disease that afflicts their two boys.

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Mitochondrial Isolation System

By Ruth Williams | May 1, 2018

A transgenic approach allows researchers to collect the organelles from specific cells in nematodes with unprecedented efficiency.

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The devices, which could one day treat children with esophageal atresia and short bowel, were recently tested in pigs.

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When the O’Neills learned that their daughter had Sanfilippo syndrome, a devastating rare disease, they created a GoFundMe campaign that raised $2 million in less than a year.

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Crowdfunding can power investigations into diseases that would otherwise receive little attention.

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Adding a fusion gene to certain mitochondria in C. elegans enables researchers to collect and analyze them.

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Infographic: Rare Disease by the Numbers

By The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2018

How rare conditions and research spending on them compare with more common diseases.

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Slow March Toward a Canavan Cure

By Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018

Two decades after a successful crowdfunding campaign, some clinical trial patients have seen improvements—but there’s still no approved treatment for the disease.

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Though Calliope Joy’s disease is too far progressed to be treatable, her parents have helped other children with metachromatic leukodystrophy get access to an experimental therapy.

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