Scientists reprogram T Cells to target autoimmune diseases

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:26 pm    Post subject: Scientists reprogram T Cells to target autoimmune diseases

http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/scientists-reprogram-t-cells-to-target-autoimmune-diseases/ar-AAzEzY9?ocid=BDT1DHP

Scientists reprogram T Cells to target autoimmune diseases

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Researchers from the University of San Francisco have uncovered a gene-editing technique which could provide safer treatments for patients with cancer and autoimmune diseases. The breakthrough -- which involves the CRISPR/Cas9 system -- will allow T cells (the cells which fire up our immune response) to recognize infections with greater specificity, and eliminate the need to use viruses for transferring DNA to target cells.

Viruses are quick replicators and that makes them suitable candidates for gene therapy. Typically, scientists modify viral DNA so it's no longer pathogenic, and use the virus as a carrier to deliver the 'correct' DNA into damaged cells. It's a highly meticulous and costly process, and there's a risk viruses will insert new genes erratically or even disrupt existing, healthy genes. The UCSF approach, however, means a virus may no longer be required....
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:44 pm    Post subject:

Articles like these crack me up. CRISPR is nothing new, not really a breakthrough.

Interesting nonetheless when you compare it to CAR-T therapy (which uses a virus as mentioned in the article).
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:44 am    Post subject:

Lonzo'sBalls wrote:
Articles like these crack me up. CRISPR is nothing new, not really a breakthrough.

Interesting nonetheless when you compare it to CAR-T therapy (which uses a virus as mentioned in the article).
yes these articles are funny because they act like its brand spanking new. when its really not. there may have been a slight discovery on something small within this topic. but the article needs to get hits so they exaggerate. and they usually cover their butts by saying "they are still performing research since actual use is still years away."

has you thinking like well dang, what did you tell me about this for if it wasnt ready?
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