Friday, February 14, 2014

Excellent MIT Article about Gene Therapy and how it's mapping a road to cure Sickle Cell, HIV and Cystic Fibrosis - "Genome Surgery by Susan Young"

This article is a wonderful summary of recent advances in gene therapy and it's applications. "Precise and easy ways to rewrite human genes could finally provide the tools that researchers need to understand and cure some of our most deadly genetic diseases."

"Because a CRISPR system can easily be designed to target any specific gene, the technology is allowing researchers to do experiments that probe a large number of them. In December, teams led by Zhang and MIT researcher Eric Lander created libraries of CRISPRs, each of which targets a different human gene. These vast collections, which account for nearly all the human genes, have been made available to other researchers. The libraries promise to speed genome-wide studies on the genetics of cancer and many other human diseases."

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