Marisa Wexler, MS, senior science writer —

Marisa holds a Master of Science in cellular and molecular pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. Her areas of expertise include cancer biology, immunology, and genetics, and she has worked as a science writing and communications intern for the Genetics Society of America.

Articles by Marisa Wexler

Results of KIK-AS Angelman gene therapy study due 1st half of year

The Phase 1/2 KIK-AS clinical trial, which is testing the experimental genetic therapy GTX-102 in children with Angelman syndrome, has finished enrolling patients. With 74 enrolled, including 53 in dose-expansion groups, the therapy’s developer Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical said results will be available in the next few months. “With completion…

Ube3a protein helps regulate brain connections during development

The protein Ube3a, whose defect causes Angelman syndrome, helps regulate connections between brain cells during development. That’s according to the study, “Presynaptic Ube3a E3 ligase promotes synapse elimination through down-regulation of BMP signaling,” which was published in Science. “Our findings reveal the physiological role of Ube3a…

Angelman alliance seeking research grant applications until June 30

The Angelman Syndrome Alliance (ASA) is currently accepting grant applications from scientists who are doing basic research to enhance understanding of Angelman syndrome and possibly pave the way toward future treatments. “Researchers of any country are invited to apply for research grants covering ‘basic science’ research that can…