Are we able to stand up and dance for joy yet that primate DNA might eradicate illness while inoperable cancer might be a thing of the past?
Can monkey DNA save from ourselves?
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science
University’s Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) believe
they have developed one of the first forms of genetic therapy – a
therapy aimed at preventing serious diseases in unborn children.
Specifically, the therapy would combat inherited diseases passed on
from mothers to their children through mutated DNA in cell
mitochondria. The research is published in the Aug. 26 advance online
edition of the journal Nature and will appear in a print edition of the
journal at a later date.
“We believe this discovery in nonhuman primates can rapidly be
translated into human therapies aimed at preventing inherited disorders
passed from mothers to their children through the mitochondrial DNA,
such as certain forms of cancer, diabetes, infertility, myopathies and
neurodegenerative diseases,” explained Shoukhrat Mitalipov, Ph.D., an
associate scientist in the Division of Reproductive Sciences at ONPRC.
“Currently there are 150 known diseases caused by mutations of the
mitochondrial DNA, and approximately 1 out of every 200 children is
born with mitochondrial mutations.”
It’s amazing to comprehend that today’s primate research can have a direct effect on our future healthcare and well being.
The University of Nebraska’s cancer research uncovers new truths about what we thought we knew about “inoperable” cancer:
Cancer turned Ruth Gerdes
into a crusader. Unsatisfied with a diagnosis that would have meant
waiting for the slow-growing carcinoid cancer tumors on her liver to
take her life, she turned to The Nebraska Medical Center, the teaching
hospital of the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
It was there the Auburn, Neb., insurance agent and University
of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate consulted with a multidisciplinary team of
physicians, including Jean Botha, M.D., a transplant surgeon and
associate professor at UNMC. Taking advantage of the liver’s ability to
regenerate, Botha removed the tumors on the left lobe of the liver.
Three months later, after the left lobe re-grew without the tumors, he
operated on the right lobe. When it was over, the 22 tumors on her
liver were gone.
As we fiddle with DNA, and as we save the lives of the medically
condemned — are we beginning to play the role of the Gods as we
determine who will live and who will die based on access to the
research and techniques at hand?
it too much to expect that every common citizen of the world should
have equal access to these research results and innovative operation
Or do wealth and proximity to services always deal
the major hand in determining the quickness and the quality of modern