Have you heard? A revolution has seized the scientific community. Within only a few years, research labs worldwide have adopted a new technology that facilitates making specific changes in the DNA of humans, other animals, and plants. Compared to previous techniques for modifying DNA, this new approach is much faster and easier. This technology is referred to as “CRISPR,” and it has changed not only the way basic research is conducted, but also the way we can now think about treating diseases [1,2].
What is CRISPR
CRISPR is an acronym for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat. This name refers to the unique organization of short, partially palindromic repeated DNA sequences found in the genomes of bacteria and other microorganisms. While seemingly innocuous, CRISPR sequences are a crucial component of the immune systems  of these simple life forms. The immune system is responsible for protecting an organism’s health and well-being. Just like us, bacterial cells can be invaded by viruses, which are small, infectious agents. If a viral infection threatens a bacterial cell, the CRISPR immune system can thwart the attack by destroying the genome of the invading virus . The genome of the virus includes genetic material that is necessary for the virus to continue replicating. Thus, by destroying the viral genome, the CRISPR immune system protects bacteria from ongoing viral infection.
How does it work?
Figure 1 ~ The steps of CRISPR-mediated immunity. CRISPRs are regions in the bacterial genome that help defend against invading viruses. These regions are composed of short DNA repeats (black diamonds) and spacers (colored boxes). When a previously unseen virus infects a bacterium, a new spacer derived from the virus is incorporated amongst existing spacers. The CRISPR sequence is transcribed and processed to generate short CRISPR RNA molecules. The CRISPR RNA associates with and guides bacterial molecular machinery to a matching target sequence in the invading virus. The molecular machinery cuts up and destroys the invading viral genome. Figure adapted from Molecular Cell 54, April 24, 2014 .
Interspersed between the short DNA repeats of bacterial CRISPRs are similarly short variable sequences called spacers (FIGURE 1). These spacers are derived from DNA of viruses that have previously attacked the host bacterium . Hence, spacers serve as a ‘genetic memory’ of previous infections. If another infection by the same virus should occur, the CRISPR defense system will cut up any viral DNA sequence matching the spacer sequence and thus protect the bacterium from viral attack. If a previously unseen virus attacks, a new spacer is made and added to the chain of spacers and repeats.
The CRISPR immune system works to protect bacteria from repeated viral attack via three basic steps :
Step 1) Adaptation – DNA from an invading virus is processed into short segments that are inserted into the CRISPR sequence as new spacers.
Step 2) Production of CRISPR RNA – CRISPR repeats and spacers in the bacterial DNA undergo transcription, the process of copying DNA into RNA (ribonucleic acid). Unlike the double-chain helix structure of DNA, the resulting RNA is a single-chain molecule. This RNA chain is cut into short pieces called CRISPR RNAs.
Step 3) Targeting – CRISPR RNAs guide bacterial molecular machinery to destroy the viral material. Because CRISPR RNA sequences are copied from the viral DNA sequences acquired during adaptation, they are exact matches to the viral genome and thus serve as excellent guides.
The specificity of CRISPR-based immunity in recognizing and destroying invading viruses is not just useful for bacteria. Creative applications of this primitive yet elegant defense system have emerged in disciplines as diverse as industry, basic research, and medicine.
What are some applications of the CRISPR system?
The inherent functions of the CRISPR system are advantageous for industrial processes that utilize bacterial cultures. CRISPR-based immunity can be employed to make these cultures more resistant to viral attack, which would otherwise impede productivity. In fact, the original discovery of CRISPR immunity came from researchers at Danisco, a company in the food production industry [2,3]. Danisco scientists were studying a bacterium called Streptococcus thermophilus, which is used to make yogurts and cheeses. Certain viruses can infect this bacterium and damage the quality or quantity of the food. It was discovered that CRISPR sequences equipped S. thermophilus with immunity against such viral attack. Expanding beyond S. thermophilus to other useful bacteria, manufacturers can apply the same principles to improve culture sustainability and lifespan.
In the Lab
Beyond applications encompassing bacterial immune defenses, scientists have learned how to harness CRISPR technology in the lab  to make precise changes in the genes of organisms as diverse as fruit flies, fish, mice, plants and even human cells. Genes are defined by their specific sequences, which provide instructions on how to build and maintain an organism’s cells. A change in the sequence of even one gene can significantly affect the biology of the cell and in turn may affect the health of an organism. CRISPR techniques allow scientists to modify specific genes while sparing all others, thus clarifying the association between a given gene and its consequence to the organism.
Rather than relying on bacteria to generate CRISPR RNAs, scientists first design and synthesize short RNA molecules that match a specific DNA sequence—for example, in a human cell. Then, like in the targeting step of the bacterial system, this ‘guide RNA’ shuttles molecular machinery to the intended DNA target. Once localized to the DNA region of interest, the molecular machinery can silence a gene or even change the sequence of a gene (Figure 2)! This type of gene editing can be likened to editing a sentence with a word processor to delete words or correct spelling mistakes. One important application of such technology is to facilitate making animal models with precise genetic changes to study the progress and treatment of human diseases.
Figure 2 ~ Gene silencing and editing with CRISPR. Guide RNA designed to match the DNA region of interest directs molecular machinery to cut both strands of the targeted DNA. During gene silencing, the cell attempts to repair the broken DNA, but often does so with errors that disrupt the gene—effectively silencing it. For gene editing, a repair template with a specified change in sequence is added to the cell and incorporated into the DNA during the repair process. The targeted DNA is now altered to carry this new sequence.
With early successes in the lab, many are looking toward medical applications of CRISPR technology. One application is for the treatment of genetic diseases. The first evidence that CRISPR can be used to correct a mutant gene and reverse disease symptoms in a living animal was published earlier this year . By replacing the mutant form of a gene with its correct sequence in adult mice, researchers demonstrated a cure for a rare liver disorder that could be achieved with a single treatment. In addition to treating heritable diseases, CRISPR can be used in the realm of infectious diseases, possibly providing a way to make more specific antibiotics that target only disease-causing bacterial strains while sparing beneficial bacteria . A recent SITN Waves article discusses how this technique was also used to make white blood cells resistant to HIV infection .
The Future of CRISPR
Of course, any new technology takes some time to understand and perfect. It will be important to verify that a particular guide RNA is specific for its target gene, so that the CRISPR system does not mistakenly attack other genes. It will also be important to find a way to deliver CRISPR therapies into the body before they can become widely used in medicine. Although a lot remains to be discovered, there is no doubt that CRISPR has become a valuable tool in research. In fact, there is enough excitement in the field to warrant the launch of several Biotech start-ups that hope to use CRISPR-inspired technology to treat human diseases .
Ekaterina Pak is a Ph.D. student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard Medical School.
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Hidden inside some of the world’s smallest organisms is one of the most powerful tools scientists have ever stumbled across. It’s a defense system that has existed in bacteria for millions of years and it may some day let us change the course of human evolution. Out drinking with a few biologists, Jad finds out about something called CRISPR. No, it’s not a robot or the latest dating app, it’s a method for genetic manipulation that is rewriting the way we change DNA. Scientists say they’ll someday be able to use CRISPR to fight cancer and maybe even bring animals back from the dead. Or, pretty much do whatever you want. Jad and Robert delve into how CRISPR does what it does, and consider whether we should be worried about a future full of flying pigs, or the simple fact that scientists have now used CRISPR to tweak the genes of human embryos.
can we use crisper for gene editing in Multi drug resistent tuberculosis. to treatthe mutations and again use the drugs. for example- using crisper on rifampcin resistent gene rpoB of MTB and again using the drug rifampcin to treat the MTB.
Yes we can and also we are planning to use bananas as a factor because of its radioactive genes
Can synthetic protein like those in the mRNA vaccine’s for instance then be possible introduced to our dna via a crispr like effect via bacteria or viruses found naturally in the body
will this technology cure cancer? When will the technology be available for the general public? What disease will the technology cure?
That is a very lazy question for a complicated generation changer
Alright Bob, no need for the harsh reply, Simone was only curious.
Very exciting discovery more in future
I find a question of curing cancer NOT to be “lazy” as you put it. I find YOUR comment rude in fact. Since when does a cure for cancer warrant such a rude response?
This is already there for GPs but it is too expensive for GPs for now! And yes it could be a potentially cure for cancer!
The CRISPR technology appears to be another, widening intrusion into what we are made of, and how this wonderful living organism can be altered from within, rather than through the introduction of drug therapies, and other external stimuli. The “Beauty” and the “Beast” aspects of this discovery will certainly become useful in more malevolent scientific activities than one can imagine, unless there are traceable markers that, like breadcrumbs in the forest, would allow illegal and unethical use og the technology to be tracked. I can see CRISPR as a game-changer. Are we really ready to play with it responsibly?
whenever a poster leaves a comment like this, they are really just playing out a cultural-social role of “ethical inquirer” to promote their own sense of well-being. The pertinent info here is there is a potential cure for serious human health issues. So yes, we are ready to play with it responsibly. And no, it will not certainly be used malevolently. If you choose to reply, I hope you provide documentation for your source about the certainty of malevolent science. Your post was poor.
It is naive to assume it can’t and won’t be used malevolently. The military is the main financier of this research so it would appear to me that biological warfare is the reason for its inception. It also would appear that potential cures are just a side effect of its main purpose.
So because a discovery that can benefit poeple can also be used to harm, it should never be used?
I realize you’re trying to remain positive. However, a better question would be have you ever seen a technology that hasn’t at least been attempted to be used as a weapon?
Putting that aside, recently we found our 1 year space station astronaut had a DNA change occur while in space. Given that, this technology could prove indispensable for prolonged space flight.
Obviously you haven’t heard of dual-use research and technology. Maybe you should try reading Military Medical Ethics for the 21st Century. Your post is naive and condescending.
And your post is short sighted. Not a personal attack ; just a particular view seen from a distance.
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If you can accurately target genes and identify what the do and in human dna a then from what ive read then they should be able to remove and gene in DNA structure that cases cancer HIV and pretty much any inheratible disease for sure from the genome
The proof is HISTORY ! HISTORY ! HISTORY !
Why are breeder reactors the most ineffecient and most dangerous to deploy “only model used as reactor’s” when the first alternate developed by the same scientist at the same time , with vision to safely transform energy supply , was much safer , more effecient , and less long term volatile waste – “molten salt reactor” ? Soundly rejected ? By what reason and what reason alone ?
It could not breed weapons proliferation , to attain power and destructive capability over enemies !
The answer is , greed for power , for weapons , for control !
Do I need to review biological warfare , Gengis Kahn launching plague covered bodies in to cities , to deciimate massive numbers spreading globally in wave after wave ,, wiping out millions
Yes , the answer is
– Stalin, Mao , Htler, and ad infinitum, awaiting in line to be more EVIL , in more ways for more reasons ..
If it is developed and insertable into humans it will be used as a weapon by some , and those who wish not to will be forced to countermeasures by using it malevolently, in defense of there survival ..
Too late ! It is already being concieved of , then it is already secretly being tied experimentally to explore every possible dark side , if not just to be pre -pared , we should expect no less vigilance of the agencies we employ to safe guard us , to not be behind the curve.
Pandora box !
Well, we now have the jab…..
Given that people are being FORCED to undergo a treatment plan under the guise of a vaccine I think that poster was on the money. People should never be forced to be shot up with experimental drugs.
Well. Here we are in late 2021 and the whole population of the world is being forced or coerced by fear or loss of jobs or holidays or by being locked up into taking multiple experimental mRNA vaccines. I think the molevolent intent is plain to see. I believe this ilegal assault on mankind will devastate our health. You so called scientists are devoid of vision
Think of it this way: A University student develops Grave’s Disease and Type 1 Diabetes – odd at the age of 22. The Enendocrinologist says you probably had a Virus which damaged (changed) the weakened (Genetically Predisposed) section of your Chromosomes. Now some 38 years later we might develop the Medical Technology to use Crispr to cut out the bad sections replacing them with healthy matching sections from her brother. It may never work. But we can ponder such a senerio for now.
They need only look at history to know, recognize, perceive and understand that malevolence exists in this world. Turning a blind eye to this is irresponsible and ‘poor’.
What are the advancements of repairing lungs with the disease Stage 3 COPD?
My lungs were damaged in a car fire 23 years ago. I am 43 now. Is it possible to run through the park with my children before my days are up?
I’m so astonished at how amazing this discovery is. You have done it again Harvard: you have made the impossible possible. I salute you. Skurr.
could it be the holy grail? we are already onto cloning so these advancements should be no surprise.
How many years before this filters down to ordinary people. How much will it cost? How long will it take before the price comes down to be affordable to regular people? Sounds like a technology that will take decades to perfect.
It is said that crispr is a lot more efficient, effective, and cheaper than the alternative. Therefore, giving everyone a realistic opportunity to check it out. There after, the estimated time for a market was said to be around 8-9 years.
I have a nephew that is terminal with Hep C & curious of the liver. His amonia level which should be at 50 is at 100. 90 is considered lethal. Please advise me when this may be FDA approved & available to public. Or if you are using human test cases, he could be a candidate as he is terminal in his current state.
Keep me posted- “Interesting
Crispi can help in most diseases or it will only be in the genetic
Can this be used to treat marfans disease? my son and my grandson have this. thank you.
We hope that one day CRISPR will be used to treat human diseases such as Marfan’s syndrome, but it is not yet used for this purpose. Scientists and doctors first need to develop safe ways to get CRISPR into humans in order to be able to use it for treatment. You can read more about CRISPR for clinical use here: http://www.sciencealert.com/crispr-gene-editing-tool-used-to-treat-genetic-disease-in-an-animal-for-the-first-time
Hi Don, unfortunately at the moment we are quite far off using crispr to cure specific diseases. Its definitely a promising field but its still not perfect, its still not 100% efficient in the lab, we aren’t sure of the potential side affects in human use, and cant introduce the machinery into some human cells yet. Wish you, your son and grandson all the best.
So sorry to hear it Don, I hope they are doing well!
Looks like China is allowing the use of Crispr in human embryos now…
Next month, Chinese researchers will edit adult human DNA using the revolutionary CRISPR/Cas-9 tool, commonly known as CRISPR, for the first time anywhere in the world.
The researchers will attempt to cut faulty DNA out of the cells of lung cancer patients who have failed to respond to all other conventional treatments.
Chinese scientists have previously used CRISPR on non-viable human embryos, without much luck, but this is the first time any researchers, anywhere in the world, will use the tool to edit DNA in an adult.
I would like to make a comment relating to use of CRISPER that is bound to be controversial and unlikely occur except possibly in the distant future. It has been shown that Individuals with larger medulla are more caring, more empathetic and less warlike. Use of CRISPER could could be used to induce a positive change. I do not propose this, but it is something to think about.
That’s how we got here supposedly and makes up what we are today IMO about 450,000 years ago, originating from apes according to … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zecharia_Sitchin We’re about to step into their world, I mean, how can we be so arrogant to think we’re the only intelligent form of life in the universe? and they’re getting nervous … some say they’re here!
Already Mr. Pepelko, you consider using CRISPR to alter personality vis-a-vis actual brain alterations.
What a crazy world we live in where people are so arrogant that they feel genetic engineering is the right tool for controling behaviour. And who would they control ? The masses of course ! And who would be the controllers? The rich and corrupt of course. Be careful what you wish for. Oh too late it’s 2021 we’re all being crispr’d by our corrupt governments.
What is meant by ‘molecular machinery’?
Molecular machinery refers to the proteins in the cell that cut the DNA–“molecular” because proteins are molecules and “machinery” because the proteins are working together to perform a job (i.e. cutting).
Who wrote this article because i need to do an in text citation on this.
How will this new CRISPR technology impact hereditary cancers and other cancers from affecting future generations with cancer backgrounds?
This is most likely a major first-use application.
I suffer from Dupuytren’s contracture for which there is no known cure. I have tried alternate treatments without success. Is Crispr a possibility for this genetic disorder?
Hi, have you gotten any answers to your question? My uncle suffers from this. I may be a carrier of the genetic mutation. What have you learned? email@example.com
Excellent overview of CRISPR. Illustrations very helpful.
How much more money would it take to cure terrible diseases using crispr cas9 technology much, much faster? Is money the issue? The technology seems sound. I can’t believe the suffering that exists if it is only a matter of money. Can anyone enlighten me?https://www.yahoo.com/news/moms-shocking-photo-of-10-year-old-son-depicts-painful-reality-of-cancer-215714871.html
Great question! The main issue in using CRISPR to treat human disease is that we don’t always have good ways to get CRISPR into human tissues. While more money can mean more research (support the NIH and NSF!), there is still a lot of innovation that needs to happen before CRISPR can be used ubiquitously. However, CRISPR is going to be in clinical trials in 2017. You might be interested in this recent interview we just did about using CRISPR for human therapies: http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2017/genetic-surgery-future-conversation-dr-john-doench-crispr-genome-editing/
Can anyone tell me which cells will be targeted for the gene therapy? Millions of autosomes and germ cells exist in one human body. I cannot see how you chose which cells to target… or do you target all cells?
The idea of gene therapy is that you’d target the cells that are (most) affected by the disease. For example, in a disease like sickle cell anemia, the symptoms of the disease come from its effects on the red blood cells, so researchers are trying to use CRISPR to target those cells. (https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2016/11/14/sickle-cell-cure-now-seen-possible-scientists-remove-faulty-gene-crispr/)
This is another related question: since a mutation happens in only one cell, usually, and that goes only forward by replication, how does Cas9 enzyme and RNA substitution get into enough cells to cause an effect by expressing or silencing quantities of genes? And do we presume this “mutation” we’ve created never gets to the other areas of the body’s cells?
That’s a great question that hits on the main problems with using CRISPR-Cas9 therapeutically. One reason that CRISPR is not currently useful for treating most diseases is because it’s really hard to get it into enough cells to cause an effect and also (as you mentioned) to target disease-affected cells specifically. Researchers are working on using benign viruses to deliver CRISPR into cells, but most of the diseases that will be (and are) first being treated with CRISPR are ones where doctors can actually remove the diseased cells from the body, modify them, and put them back (think taking out bone marrow and modifying it so that it makes health blood cells). You can read more about using CRISPR as a treatment here: http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2017/genetic-surgery-future-conversation-dr-john-doench-crispr-genome-editing/
I know I’m probably way off base even though this technology seems to be “extremely” revolutionary. However, can this technology or a technology going forward affect the chromosome makeup of an existing human being? My oldest son was born with a small duplication in the region 21.3 to 23 of the small arm of the third chromosome. Just wondering if there may be a miracle cure but I’m sure I’m way off base here.
At this point, it is very hard to use CRISPR to change the DNA in all the cells in the body of a living human. It is possible to use CRISPR to treat diseases where doctors can remove and replace all affected cells–for example, in sickle cell anemia, only the blood cells are affected, so scientists can remove the blood, fix it, and replace it with unaffected blood. See here for more info: http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2017/genetic-surgery-future-conversation-dr-john-doench-crispr-genome-editing/
My husband has been genetically tested and has ALS – A-typical.
In his family two sisters married two brothers (double cousins). Both sister’s had dementia which is the same gene Cforf72 that has been responsible for 5 ALS deaths in the second generation. Husband’s eldest brother, two first cousins and two second cousins (their mother being one who had ALS).
Is this CRISPR a glimmer of hope in this familial ALS gene?
Since our cells are produced from our bone marrow taking blood out of a human or animal and putting it back in all fixed will only provide relief for as long as those cells are viable and then new cells from the bone marrow will be producing the problem all over again.
I think with any new technology such as this we do need to proceed slowly and with caution due to the possibility of jumping to quick conclusions. We can see in retrospect how many jumped to conclusions as to the possible causes of Polio. Look in the history books on that one and we can see how many different theories there were on what was the cause of that disease.
Sure this technology may very well be a game changer but it needs to be thoroughly examined as to the long term effects of doing it. I think it could be used to help patients that have no other option left available to them and will die if left untreated. The only things that concern me are; will this cause the eventual death of a patient due to unforeseen changes that lead to some other terrible malady, and whether we are going to create monsters such as the flying pigs that were mentioned earlier!
can this tech be used for the disease of addiction?
Although this technology has obvious potentially positive impacts, what about the potentially negative impacts like misuse of this technology? This is a global technology already being researched by multiple countries. What is the global community doing to regulate this technology? There’s a lot of debate on gun control but what about CRISPR control?
The genie has left the bottle. Any technology, especially low cost, simple to apply technology, is capable of being weaponised. Cars can be driven into crowds, airliners flown into buildings. CRISPR is no exception.
More than that- one day (probably soon) it may be so easy to use as to allow “home gene editing”.
We ain’t seen nothing yet…
CRISPR may actually be somewhat difficult to weaponize–especially where it stands now. The problem with weaponizing CRISPR is that, while it’s easy to use CRISPR in the lab, it’s actually not trivial to get CRISPR into the cells of a living thing.
what about inoculation method ?
No comment, except that I hope you are able to succeed with this system.
My wife has stage for ovarian cancer can somebody do something
My great grandson has duchennemuscullerdystrophy , he was born with it, he will be 2 , will crispr help him, at this point he can’t walk.
I’m really sorry to hear that. CRISPR does hold promise for genetic as well as autoimmune diseases, but it will be years before CRISPR tehcnology can be employed for human disease fightbacks and gene therapy. Biomedical research is growing leaps and bounds every year, however to cure sucha complex form of muscular dystrophy, a lot more research is required and human testing is still a long way ahead. In the next 20 years or so we should see some real advancements as far as genetic disorders are cooncerned but curing dystrophy is something that would take a lot more. Many of us are working towards all kinds of different diseases though, so you never know.
I assume useful bacterium for improving quality and quantity of products are redily available. How are the RNA edit and erase pieces cut out to change living organisms?
Can a third year student do editing? Does it require large doses of funding and hard to obtain tool materials? How lomg would it take to change a 10, or 30 genome organism?
Can you edit cystic fibrosis or have started testing on cf
My daughter has neoplastic syndrome of the nervous system fed by a cancer that was in the fallopian tubes. It took two months to diagnose. She received chemo, surgery to remove the tubes, and another round of chemo. She has been left with no quality of life. It went to the brain that controls muscles. Is there any hope of a miracle cure for her. She is a retired teacher and is sixty years old. She can think very well but all her muscles are effected.
Thank you for any insight you can give us.
My nephew is suffering with leucodystrophy . Please tell me is there any chance for the his treatment by this method in near future. Thanks
Is there a certain gene responsible for addictive disorders, and if so, can Crispr correct it?
At the age of 32 my son was diagnosed with a defective gene that caused Fabray Anderson Disease–I am curious if this “CRISPER” will help those in the future–to battle these little known defective genes??
We are looking passionate about the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This is a dog that was almost extinct and was brought back by finding only 6 remaining dogs with the traits appropriate. The gene pool was of course small. The health of the Cavalier is one of the worse in the canine world, but the breed is one of the most beloved. Any projection on when you will be ready to do more advanced work on animals. I see you have worked on mice and you are cloning a Tasmanian Tiger that is now extinct. I do worry about cloning. But I welcome ANYTHING that can improve, cure diseases with humans, dogs & cats.
Can CRISPR help with Mac Degeneration? I already have an eye that had a half head nail in it when I was 7 and can’t be fixed. Now my other eye has the mac degeneration.
I have an inherited neurological condition known as Charcot Marie Tooth, or CMT for short. It’s one of the most common neurological disorders and my particular variant is caused by an over-expressing gene that is causing slow deterioration of my nerves in my extremities. I’m currently participating in a stage 3 clinical trial at Cedars Sinai, taking an experimental drug made by a French pharmaceutical company. One of the doctors at Cedars Sinai mentioned that CRISPR could be used to fix this. I’m 58 years old and wear a foot brace to compensate and manage to live fairly normally but I have lost the ability to do many activities I used to enjoy. This new technology gives me hope.
thanks so much
One of the doctors at Cedars Sinai mentioned that CRISPR could be used to fix this. I’m 58 years old and wear a foot brace to compensate and manage to live fairly normally but I have lost the ability to do many activities I used to enjoy. This new technology gives me hope.
Can this technology be used to cure chronic rheumatoid arthritis ? If yes how does one participate in the clinical trials? Any contacts from Crisper?
You might look into the Japanese IV drug that (in 4 years) has been able to actually reverse fused bone in rheumatoid arthritic patients. I do not know all the particulars, but the drug has been used for almost 9 years now in patients with remarkable results. This is already approved inJapan and might be of much quicker use rather than waiting for CRISPR use and availability.
The health of the Cavalier is one of the worse in the canine world, but the breed is one of the most beloved. Any projection on when you will be ready to do more advanced work on animals. I see you have worked on mice and you are cloning a Tasmanian Tiger that is now extinct. I do worry about cloning. But I welcome ANYTHING that can improve, cure diseases with humans, dogs & cats.
Interested in any possibility of altering DNA with autoimmune diseases, specifically MS.
Please keep me informed as to progress with autoimmune diseases.
Now that we have the ability to alter these genes what will become the aspect of human life? I mean if we progress so far that we can bring back the dead we are basically playing god. Life and death will have become nothing but words instead of major concepts they are now. What will become of humanity once people start to play god?
I don’t care if I have to be a testing guinea pig or what you call it I I’m willing to sign anything for you to lease begin any testing on my failure of kidneys one of my kidneys is still working at 50% and the other one has shrunk in the size of a pea I really want to know if I could be cured or healed I’m dying anyway why can’t I try that’s like cancer patients who even want to try or people who have COPD or before someone even has to have a heart attack I like to put my life on the line for testing I’m willing to sign any papers for help I just went out of the situation I hate dialysis and a lot of other people do too we all just tolerate it please help anyway you can put me the first on your left I’m ready for testing today thank you sincerely Linda Green
Most of these posts are self-centered, concerned with treating one’s own disease. We in the scientific and medical community need to be concerned with disease states that have a clearly identifiable genetic component as the cause of the condition, and target those problems first. We are still not even sure if it’s going to work yet. This technology is in its infancy. It cannot become a special interest group debate. Whether it’s a deletion, an alteration, or too much DNA (nondisjunction or duplication) that is the cause, it must be something that has a genetic origin of the disease. Don’t put the cart before the horse. We need to concentrate our efforts on identifying the genetic origins, the defective gene sequences that we need to target, before we can come close to treatment and potential cure of any disease. Animal studies are imperative for this. But when the time comes for human studies, look to something like Alzheimer’s in adult studies; possibly Leber’s disease or muscular dystrophy in children. And while we should always be concerned about it in the future, we have a long way to go before we get to the criminal element of gene warfare, or the myopic society portrayed in Gattaca.
can this be used to eradicate demodex mites? i have been living with this condition for 20 years and all forms of western medicine have given me severe symptoms ( 40% vision loss with roaccutane). Could this possibly be used to modify their genome to kill them?
This article with the illustrations is still very much relevant. I am writing a thesis paper about the ethics of altering the human genome with CRISPR-Cas9. I do have to put my input in though! Looking at both sides of the ethical argument about using this tool on humans, I would like to say that the use of it on humans would be beneficial to societal health overall (given a price tag). It has proven (in early lab studies) that it can in fact cure two blood diseases (temporarily as of now). I see this as an absolute milestone of humanity. We are on the verge of something absolutely amazing and perhaps a strong push from scientists, researchers, and all the likes will encourage the positive use of genome editing going forward. On the other hand, there is a high chance it will be exploited for military use and perhaps by the very wealthy to maintain power and status, but I strongly believe it is a chance worth taking.
Nice break through: I can see how this technology is of many opportunities. Let look at the challenges as well
Is there a specific gene responsible for addictive disorders? Can CRISPR correct this?
No, because there is not a specific gene responsible for addicitive this disorders and CRISPR can correct this. Because, the CRISPR works to protect different infection.
Astounding article for the photograph altering applications, It’s extremely useful. Thanks
Can CRISPR be used to modify muscles cells or even enhance our ATP cell breakdown?
Cool article! Thanks for sharing!
When can people sign up for CRISPer research?
Can CRISPR be used to modify muscles cells or even enhance our ATP cell breakdown?
Your article was awesome. Thank you.
Although I am a lawyer, i.e. an industry other than the subject of the post, this information is very useful and may interest everyone.
Is there a specific gene responsible for addictive disorders? Can CRISPR correct this????
Using CRISPR , could it be used to regenerate species which have recently become extinct,
ie the dodo etc?
We definitely need ongoing advancement in fighting viral and bacterial infections. Will it help against MRSA staph infections? You cannot say no to this after a pandemic.
My name is Mahmoud Ali, a patient of muscle pain, and I hope to help you with my treatment
Good evening, my friend, please help you, we muscle patients in Egypt have no interest in healing or health care, and I hope you can help us out and help us with patient help or a decent life, and we’re young and we want to live our lives like others and thank you
Could CRISPR help with celiac?
Can this help change adult DNA so you grow stronger. And can it help you grow younger?
I’d be really interested if this could help you grow muscle and also slow down the aging effect.
Thoughts on editing our human DNA to make us less susceptible to viruses?
Understood nothing. But interesting. It is a pity that with such a development of medicine, a person cannot do anything about the scourge of the coronavirus. I wish you success and new discoveries.
I recently was diagnosed with MS. I am only 38 years old. I was halfway to my goal of getting in shape, and found this out, spiraled downhill; felt like whats the point, I am just going to end up paralyzed stripped of my free spirit and love for the outdoors. I am sadly back where I started. However, after learning about this Crispr, It has given me hope and motivation to start again on my journey to a healthier me. My question is how do I sign up for trials of being the guinipig? What else do I have to lose? Please get this to the right people
A good informative post that you have shared and thankful your work for sharing the information. I appreciate your efforts and all the best. Thank you for taking the time and sharing this tutorial. It was indeed very helpful and insightful.
Thanks for your powerful insights.
Very useful information. Thanks.
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Me too I was thinking the same thing what about y’all.
1- can you make us a new black death by tweeking ancient bacterial loads into super ones?
2- can you grow a lab grown uterus and implant it in a trans woman? can i vollunteer.
3- can you make a army of lizard cat people?
very dramatic changing in the engineering branch.
Technique used for the genetic engineering is useful for the progress of other successful method implementation. Good Work
Is there a specific gene responsible for addictive disorders? Can CRISPR correct this?
I think changing of any kind in the DNA is prohibited…do correct me dear…