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Wed Jun 12, 2024, 06:37 AM Jun 12

Hope, despair and CRISPR -- the race to save one woman's life

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-024-01716-y

NEWS FEATURE
12 June 2024

Hope, despair and CRISPR — the race to save one woman’s life

Researchers in India fought to develop what could have been the first therapy to use gene-editing to halt a rare neurodegenerative disease. The efforts hold lessons for the messy state of modern drug development.

By Heidi Ledford



CRISPR: Molekuul/SPL; Images: Rajeev and Sonam Saraf

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Ghosh and his collaborators were racing to design a one-off treatment that would edit the DNA in the 20-year-old woman’s brain cells and get them to stop producing toxic proteins. It was an approach that had never been tried before, with a long list of reasons for why it might not work.

But the team was making swift progress. The researchers were maybe six months away from being ready to give Uditi the therapy, Ghosh told her parents over breakfast at their home outside New Delhi last June. Even so, Uditi’s mother was not satisfied. Work faster, she urged him.

Then, Uditi was carried to the breakfast table, and Ghosh understood her urgency. Once a gregarious and energetic child and teenager, with a quick laugh and a mischievous streak, Uditi was now unable to walk or feed herself. She had become nearly blind and deaf. Her family tried to talk to her: “These are the people who are making a therapy for you,” they said loudly.

Shaken, Ghosh returned to his gene-therapy laboratory at Narayana Nethralaya Eye Hospital in Bengaluru, India, and got to work. “If you need to put up tents in the lab, then we can do so,” he told his students. “I’m not going to sleep.”

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Hope, despair and CRISPR -- the race to save one woman's life (Original Post) sl8 Jun 12 OP
CRISPR Technology will be a major game changer in all areas of medicine. FarPoint Jun 12 #1

FarPoint

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1. CRISPR Technology will be a major game changer in all areas of medicine.
Wed Jun 12, 2024, 07:07 AM
Jun 12

In the next 10 years...we will be hitting benchmark treatments for Parkinsons, Cancers, and so much more....

gene editing will be almost magical.....

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