Support: Genetic key may bring pain relief

06 Jan 2020 - Support

Scientists have discovered how to switch off a key “pain gene”, dramatically raising hopes of a long-term treatment to relieve the agony of serious illness for millions. The revolutionary technique alters a patient’s DNA, silencing a gene that transmits pain signals up the spine. “We are really excited.” In a trial, mice were administered chemotherapy, which commonly causes pain in cancer patients. Dr Moreno said: “One of the main reasons why cancer patients stop lifesaving chemotherapy, is they are in a lot of pain from it.”

West Australian Perth, 6/1/2020, Page 16