Tech has been a big driver of market resilience this year, with AI specifically boosting earnings for all kinds of companies. That said, technology isn’t just moving forward in software. Technology also includes biotech, with a potentially similar event to ChatGPT’s explosive arrival in the cards. The U.S. government appears poised to approve a gene treatment for sickle cell patients that would involve gene editing technology like CRISPR.
Exa-cel, developed by CRISPR Therapeutics and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, would be the first treatment using CRISPR in the U.S. Such a move would follow approval in the United Kingdom for the treatment under a different brand name.
So how does CRISPR work? The CRISPR system produces an enzyme, Cas9, that can bind to a segment of DNA and cut it, turning it off. Some researchers have even found that modified versions of the enzyme can “activate” certain genes instead of cutting, opening up huge avenues for research.
Future treatments may not only be more targeted and accurate in editing DNA, they may unlock treatments for health problems and diseases like high cholesterol and leukemia. Perhaps, in time, it may even be able to splice in different DNA via CRISPR systems, like prime editing
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