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

Added Mutation in Sanfilippo Linked to Worse Symptoms for 1 Sibling

The case of two siblings with Sanfilippo syndrome type B who had the same disease-causing mutations but showed dramatically different developmental trajectories was described in a recent report. Genetic analyses revealed an additional gene mutation in the younger child — one causing another rare disease characterized by developmental delays…

SOBI003 Safe, Reduces Heparan Sulfate Levels in 1st Trial in Humans

Treatment with SOBI003, a now-discontinued experimental therapy for Sanfilippo syndrome type A, was generally well-tolerated and reduced heparan sulfate levels in a clinical trial. “These are very important findings that could inform future trials and therapeutic development programs targeted at reduction of heparan sulfate. They also provide important information…

Case of Two Sisters Highlights Rare Heart Problems in Sanfilippo

Sanfilippo syndrome affected the hearts of two sisters with the rare genetic disorder, without causing any of its more typical neurological symptoms, according to a case report. The case highlights the importance of recognizing — and treating — such rare non-neuronal manifestations of the disease, the researchers said. “Early…

Advocacy Groups Unveil ‘Roadmap’ for Sanfilippo Research, Care

A coalition of patient advocacy organizations has published a Global Roadmap for Sanfilippo Syndrome Therapies, in an effort to accelerate research and develop effective therapies and care for families affected by Sanfilippo syndrome. “The Roadmap aims to capture the historical landscape of research and clinical trials, the gaps…