Can this new gene editing technology allow us to cure genetic diseases?
Gene editing is not new, but the methods we have been using are often difficult and expensive to perform.
There may be help for those who are suffering from genetic diseases or mutated genes that are causing cancers such as breast cancer. The Brac1 and Brac2 genes are two well known genes that are known to increase risk.
The NY Times just reported on a new gene editing technology that may help solve the problem of cost and difficulties with gene editing, leading to effective treatments and possible cures of genetic diseases.
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Swift Gene-Editing Method May Revolutionize Treatments for Cancer and Infectious Diseases
Scientists report that they have discovered a way to tweak genes in the body’s immune cells by using electrical fields.
By Gina Kolata
For the first time, scientists have found a way to efficiently and precisely remove genes from white blood cells of the immune system and to insert beneficial replacements, all in far less time than it normally takes to edit genes.
If the technique can be replicated in other labs, experts said, it may open up profound new possibilities for treating an array of diseases, including cancer, infections like H.I.V. and autoimmune conditions like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
The new work, published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, “is a major advance,” said Dr. John Wherry, director of the Institute of Immunology at the University of Pennsylvania, who was not involved in the study.