Gene Editing Technology

Engineers have used breakthrough technology to create advances in medicine. For example, they have found ways to eliminate sickle cell anemia. The technology they used is called CRISPR, or Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats which uses uses a defense mechanism employed by a certain bacteria to eliminate parts of the gene and cut them out like with a pair of molecular scissors. This could potentially revolutionized the field of genetics. This is very amazing as I know a lot of people who have sickle cell anemia.Sickle cell anemia is a group of disorders that cause red blood cells to become a certain shape and break down.Also, if you have it there is a problem with your Hemoglobin. According to the article, a lot of universities and top companies are doing a lot of research on CRISPR. Researchers at the UC Berkeley and the University of Vienna were the first to find ways to use and guide those molecular scissors to targeted certain locations on the gene. It’s shocking how many top universities are interested in this topic, as Harvard has researchers for CRISPR. CRISPR is also related to genetic engineering. It is predicted that it will change medical diagnoses. While reading the article I found that there is competition between these top universities.

This article makes me wonder how this could reshape the fight against certain diseases.Finding a way to eliminate a certain disease is necessary.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-29/berkeley-fights-harvard-mit-over-profits-from-gene-editing-tech

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  1. Gene editing technology is really interesting, especially because of all the possibilities that lie within being able to edit and replace certain parts of someone’s genome. With all the genetic diseases, especially those that are hereditary, there aren’t many direct ‘cures’ that can make diseases like cancer go away completely because many of them are tucked away inside your DNA. So, by having the technology available, it definitely should be taken advantage of considering the amount of people that suffer through these diseases.
    Reading about this technology reminds of other ‘technology’ that scientists have been exploring for a while, which is stem cell research.
    https://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatments-and-side-effects/treatment-types/stem-cell-transplant/why-stem-cell-transplants-are-used.html
    This article explains about stem cells and it reminds me of CRISPR, even though it’s not ‘cutting’ and replacing genes, it’s still using the body to create new cells to perform different jobs in the body. Also, stem cells do hold a large amount of controversy, so I hope that research in CRISPR is continued and expanded upon so we can have another method of curing these genetic diseases instead of only finding a way for people to live with them.

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