What progress has been done in curing diseases through genetic engineering?
- norton gLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
Rizwan, though no diseases have yet been cured through genetic engineering, promising progress is being made in some areas. One of these is Parkinson's disease where On the forefront of genetic engineering is a therapy called AAV gene transfer technology, in which the non-disease-causing AAV virus is inserted into the genes. Clinical studies have begun to reveal that a specific vector called glutamic acid decarboxylase causes increased levels of GABA in the brain. GABA is beneficial as an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which keeps L-dopa from being converted before it can become dopamine in the brain.
Although there is no cure for diabetes right now, scientists working in the field of genetic engineering and gene therapy have made considerable progress towards that goal. One such example is research currently being conducted at the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic, in which genetically modified pigs are being bred for the purpose of providing pig tissue for implantation in humans. Similar research is being carried out at the Spring Point Project in New Richmond, Wisconsin. In both cases, researchers are breeding pigs that produce large quantities of insulin-producing "islet cells" that could eventually be used to treat diabetics.
More will come in the future, but the work is very tedious and slow-moving.
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- DonnaLv 44 years ago
And whose crackpot vision was THIS? 1.) Cold fusion has already been debunked. 2.) It's not in humanity's nature to be peaceful -- the faces will change, but the song remains the same. 3.) Most everything else is just pie-in-the-sky nonsense, like a particularly bad Larry Niven paperback...