Can We Eliminate Cancer LoPresti


Title: “Swift Gene-Editing Method May Revolutionize Treatments for Cancer and Infectious Diseases”

Author: Gina Kolata

Source: The New York Times (online)

Publication Date: July 11, 2018

Traditional immunotherapy, while showing signs of success, is time-consuming and very difficult in practice. In an effort to push white blood cell based therapies forward a new technique was developed in the lab to use electrical fields, not viruses, to alter and replace genetic material within a cell. If this new technology shows promise in patient trials it could open the door to new cures for traditionally troubling conditions like HIV. By changing the T-cells within a patient's body, new cells could be engineered to exclude the virus. It is cases like this, that make this gene altering treatment something the population as a whole would definitely want to know about.

While gene editing has a sensationalized and fear inducing name, the technology itself could revolutionize healthcare with few drawbacks if done in a responsible manner. Most people have wondered at one time or another whether they or a loved one will be afflicted with cancer. While this technology may not answer that question, it may render the results inconsequential. If treatments can be tailored to an individual's own cells in a quick and efficient manner, any number of ailments can be rendered more of an inconvenience than a life altering diagnosis. This could lead to longer and healthier lives for all members of society.