Understanding current gene therapy research
August 2, 2012 5:22 AM Subscribe
How can I learn enough about biology and genetics to understand current research into cystic fibrosis?
My son was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) when he was four weeks old. We have a great team at a regional NHS hospital who are helpful and supportive. He's nearly one and is doing really well so far.
My knowledge of biology and genetics is pretty poor and I'd like to improve it to the level where I can understand the current research (at least at a high level) - for example, the CF Trust's UK clinical trials
. I'm specifically interested in gene therapy as this seems to be the potential big step forward for treating these kinds of conditions. I had a basic course in mixed science at GCSE (age 14-16) which included biology but I recall very little.
I don't have time for a full time or part time formal course, but is there a set of tutorials or exercises which I can work through on my own time?