Mimicking effect of exercise with gene therapy


Mimicking effect of exercise with gene therapy
Gene therapy research can benefit people who have had accidents, who are in wheelchairs, or who have diseases that prevent the possibility of physical expression – but also people who generally respond poorly to training. Credit: Scanpix / Shutterstock

It sounds too good to be true—and it is. But Jose Bianco Moreira and the CERG research group at NTNU are convinced that some of the positive health effects of physical exercise can be achieved using gene therapy and medication.

“We’re not talking about healthy people and everyone who can exercise. They still have to train, of course,” says Moreira. He and his colleagues at NTNU’s Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging are studying the effect of exercise on our cells.

Those who can’t

“But some people can’t train, or only in a limited way. This could include individuals who’ve been in accidents, who are in wheelchairs, or who have diseases

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