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Dr. Paul Harmatz

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

UCSF Benioff Children's hospital

POSITION

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

COMPANY

UCSF Benioff Children's hospital

COUNTRY

USA

AGE

71 years

Website

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

SCENE

Health

What Makes Dr Paul Harmatz a Global Shaker?

On 22nd November 2017, Dr Paul might have become the first doctor in the history of the world to successfully modify the genes of a human being to cure them of their ailment.

He led a team of Doctors in Oakland, USA to successfully engineer the genes of a Mr Brian Madeux, to cure him of his Hunter syndrome, a genetic disorder that can cause “permanent, progressive damage affecting appearance, mental development, organ function and physical abilities.

The doctors administered Madeux a three-hour drip containing a virus that had been modified not to cause infection. It carried to his liver billions of copies of DNA instructions for creating a corrective gene, and for two “zinc finger” nuclei that can snip out the defective gene and replace it with the new corrective one.

Last updated: June 5, 2018