CRISPR Is on the Cusp of Eradicating a Host of Diseases
“The CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tool has had a busy year. It recently removed genetic disorders from human embryos, targeted the “command center” of cancer, extracted HIVfrom a living organism, and forced superbugsto kill themselves. This is all thrilling news, but one of the most exciting potentials for CRISPR is the amazing advances it’s making possible in the field of medicine — particularly disease eradication.
In fact, New Scientist reported that approximately 20 human trials featuring CRISPR are already in progress, or soon will be. While the act of removing cells from the body, editing them, and replacing them in order to help cure a patient is a fruitful pursuit, the ability to edit cells inside the body will open up the entire realm of human diseases to treatment and potentially even eradication. Asked by New Scientist which diseases might be treatable this way, University of California, Berkeley scientist Irina Conboy answered simply, “Absolutely everything.”…”
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