Author: hlhcrook

A beginner’s guide to CRISPR Gene Editing: the promising future for targeted medicine

Novel gene editing has gained some attention of recent, with clinical trials using CRISPR to battle the likes of cancer and neurological diseases, making headlines. With former Facebook president Sean Parker funding a $250 million foundation aimed at CRISPR in the treatment of cancer, it would be modest to say that scientists have high hopes for a success.   What is CRISPR Gene Editing?   Clustered Regulatory Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats CRISPR complex is comprised of the Cas9 enzyme and ‘guide’ RNA which is administrated to the patient’s target cells (with cancer, the target cells will depend on the cancer...

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Liverpool brings hope for pancreatic cancer future

A University of Liverpool-led clinical trial has shown that 29 per cent of pancreatic cancer patients given a combination of two chemotherapy drugs lived for at least five years, compared with 16 per cent who received the one chemotherapy drug. The Liverpool trial has been labelled a “breakthrough”. What is the significance of pancreatic cancer? Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells form in tissues of the pancreas. The pancreas (a small finger-shaped organ which sits underneath the stomach) is vital for everyday functions, but not everyone is familiar with the importance of the gland. Simply put,...

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