Many people suffer from allergies that gets worse during allergy season. Allergens can come in multiple forms - from dust to pollen to food. Allergies comes from an overreactive immune system that interacts with the proteins on allergens and triggers symptoms. Current treatment options consists of medication, allergy shots, and simple home remedies - such as cleaning the house, using humidifiers, and staying hydrated. Fortunately, there is recent research on gene therapy that may be able to help get rid of allergies once and for all.
There is a lot of controversy and ethical concerns regarding CRISPR. This infographic summarizes the major pros and cons of the CRISPR technology - how it can be used to benefit society and its potentially destructive capability. As with any technology, it used in the right way it can bring a lot of good.
CRISPR technology refers to tools used for editing genomes by altering DNA and modifying gene function. It has been applied in the medical field to treat and prevent diseases, and in agriculture to improve crops. This technology is an improvement over TALENS and was adapted from bacteria’s natural defense mechanism. Unfortunately, it faces the limitations of efficiency, off target effects, and genome vandalism. It is also surrounded by controversy and ethical concerns.
CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology offers a lot of potential in medicine and agriculture, as well as, potential, other fields. This simple infographic offers a timeline of major events surrounding the development and use of this technology.