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

Children With CLN2 Show Eye Degeneration Despite Treatment

Children with late infantile Batten disease on approved enzyme replacement therapy show signs of age-related degeneration in the light-sensing part of the eyes, a new study shows. The study, “Ongoing retinal degeneration despite intraventricular enzyme replacement therapy with cerliponase alfa in late-infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis type 2…

Psych Meds May Cause Hyperthermia in Juvenile Batten Patients

People with juvenile Batten disease may be at increased risk of developing an abnormally high body temperature when taking certain medications commonly prescribed to manage mental health issues, according to a new report from Sweden. “Our study points to a vulnerability to drug-induced hyperthermia in patients with [juvenile Batten…

Seizures Were Only Symptom of Juvenile Batten in Girl, 13: Report

A 13-year-old girl experiencing unexplained seizures and no other apparent symptoms was ultimately diagnosed with juvenile Batten disease, according to a recent report. This “is probably the first case report of [juvenile Batten disease] with only seizures as presentation,” the researchers wrote. Titled “Batten’s Disease: A…