Muscular Dystrophy Essay

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How CRISPR Can Be Used To Cure Muscular Dystrophy: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy commonly referred to as DMD affects 1 in 5000 males through there Dystrophin gene. DMD is currently 100% fatal, and 500 people die every year. This statistic is too high, as the average age of deaths for these people, was sixteen. A research team at the University of Texas Southwestern medical centre have stated that by using the CRISPR-cas9 system they can target the disease within mice, and reattach fibres, therefore curing the disease. The mice after the CRISPR-Cas9 enzyme was added, were able to generate more force, grip stronger and even resist eccentric contraction and reduced blood levels of Creatine Kinase. However out of all these points the most …show more content…

However by being able to completely heal a mice with the gene is a noteworthy start, along with the newly granted $2.2 million dollars that the team will receive, the cure for DMD is in the perceivable future. Chris Olson confirms this idea through his quote that “The next step is to treat larger animals, such as dogs or monkeys. If that is as positive as we think it will be, we would move to humans.” I believe that with the money that has been newly invested into the research and with the intensity that the team is looking into a cure, that within the next few years, there will be a cure for DMD, present in hospitals across the world. As well as this, the development of the Dystrophin gene from the research team in Columbus has sparked intense research into using CRISPR-Cas9 as a possible cure for diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis, Hemophilia, and even cancer. The Future Of CRISPR: The future of CRISPR is a widely debated one within the scientific community, some scientists believe that by being able to alter genes, it will further society to a point where we can cure all diseases, and live in a more peaceful society, with less death and more food supply. Whereas some scientists believe that the future of CRISPR is destined to be used in harmful ways such as creating bio weapons and war. However one of the most prominent features of CRISPR’s future, that has people on the edge of their seat is that perhaps some day CRISPR could be used in order to create

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