Wednesday, August 31, 2016

CRISPR

I really liked the topic of this article. Potential ways to combat cancer are always interesting to me because of the magnitude of people that are affected by cancer every year. The current methods of chemotherapy and radiation simply aren't good enough.

One of the big problems with chemo and radiation is that they don't target just the cancer. During chemo and radiation patients can become very sick as other parts of their body are attacked. What I like about CRISPR is that the doctors check to make sure the correct genes were removed before the blood reenters the patient. The fact that this method has a system of checks in place makes it much more appealing. It should also make it easier to get it approved in the U.S. for trials.

The possible applications for gene editing seem limitless. The science used in CRISPR could be applied to everything from HIV to cancer. If CRISPR proves successful in human trials it could be a game changer in medicine. Imagine a world where when you got any kind of illness all you had to do was have some genes edited and you’d be set to go.

Part of what is so exciting about cancer research is that scientists are always coming up with new possible treatments for cancer. The cure for cancer is arguably the greatest scientific mountain of this time. Yet it seems to be only a matter of time before someone stumbles upon a cure for cancer.

1 comment:

  1. I like your take on the fact that chemo attacks more than just the cancer cells, it attacks the whole body, I seemed to sort of space the fact that this could be a cure to cancer as an alternative to chemo not just for people who chemo does not work. I think that is an important part of the research that I did not really think about. This proceedure I feel like could work on maybe other diseases that are not cureable to not easily cure... by attacking it at the source could be the answer to many different problems.

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