CRISPR is a genome-editing technology that has revolutionized medical research and created new therapies for previously incurable diseases. But what is CRISPR exactly, where does it come from, and how does it work? In this episode of Beyond the Abstract, Ellen and Derek explore how scientists have created a method of using CRISPR to treat Sickle Cell Disease, a genetic disease of the blood that can be extremely painful. They also discuss how this therapy has impacted real patients beyond just the disease and talk about the importance of creating healthcare and treatments that are accessible to patients of all races and socioeconomic statuses.
Denver et al. CRISPR/Cas9 beta-globin gene targeting in human hematopoietic stem cells. Nature, November 2016. DOI: 10.1038/nature20134. PMID: 27820943.
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