From Jeff Brown, Editor, Exponential Tech Investor:
The parents of one-year-old Layla had tried everything. All conventional treatments for Layla’s leukemia had failed. But they didn’t give up.
So they tried an experimental technology called gene editing. This is literally the stuff of science fiction. Remember how the dinosaurs were genetically engineered in Jurassic Park?
With gene editing, healthy DNA is extracted from a donor’s genome – its complete set of DNA – using “molecular scissors” (enzymes that can chop up DNA). It is then inserted into a cancer patient’s genome, essentially replacing the patient’s immune system with modified healthy cells.
This is exactly what happened with Layla at University College London. The treatment worked so well that, less than a month after treatment, the new healthy “edited” immune cells had killed off all cancerous cells in her bone marrow.
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