How Close are We to Curing Cancer with CRISPR?


Those who are involved in the science & health news of the terminal diseases or illness might be under the impression that the advent of the all-new, disease-free era has come upon us –this idea becomes more evident with the introduction of the CRISPR. With the use of this tool –the result of genetic engineering –the scientists are able to edit a genome. This implies that the scientists are able to alter the given set of genes amongst the thousands present in the DNA of an organism.

With the help of CRISPR, the scientists might obtain the ability to correct or remove diseases by eliminating the disease-causing genes. The scientists could even insert the new genes that could cure the disease theoretically –for instance, a cancer cure. However, it is important to note that the given technology comes with its own sets of potential benefits as well as risks.

CRISPR is one such tool in the given 40-year-old field of advanced genetic engineering that captured the screen in the year 2012. The CRISPR technology aims at offering an unprecedented precision towards editing a genome –implying the opening of a single strand of DNA and correcting the error that has been typed in the given genetic code. Though CRISPR might not be the first-ever technique of editing the genes, still it is by far the most precise and effective.

The technology is right now entering the field of clinical application with just a handful of patients who are right now receiving the treatment. CRISPR is now being remarkably and widely used for creating laboratory animals & cell lines with major genetic characteristics helping scientists study the human diseases in a better manner.

CRISPR has a great potential for cancer cure –especially in the field of immunotherapy.