Marisa holds an MS in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. She specializes in cancer biology, immunology, and genetics. Marisa began working with BioNews in 2018, and has written about science and health for SelfHacked and the Genetics Society of America. She also writes/composes musicals and coaches the University of Pittsburgh fencing club.
A genetic technique called allelic discrimination — which detects a specific variant of the F12 gene — might make diagnosing certain hereditary angioedema-causing mutations quicker and cheaper, a new ... Read more
Researchers have developed a new rat model of hereditary angioedema (HAE) that more closely mimics the swelling episodes experienced by humans, which might improve studies about the mechanisms that ... Read more
Haegarda, a concentrated form of C1 inhibitor (C1-INH), is safe and effectively helps to prevent hereditary angioedema attacks in the long-term, allowing patients to become free of disease symptoms, That is ... Read more
Some mutations in the SERPING1 gene that cause hereditary angioedema (HAE) result in an abnormal form of the C1 inhibitor (C1-INH) that binds to and traps healthy C1-INH in cells, severely reducing ... Read more
Physicians in Canada need better education about the multiple biological assays used to diagnose hereditary angioedema caused by C1 inhibitor deficiency (C1-INH-HAE), which will increase their confidence and access to ... Read more
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