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posted by Fnord666 on Sunday July 16, @06:09AM   Printer-friendly
from the bespoke-treatments dept.

Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:

A new era of treating disease has moved a step closer to reality in the United States.

A Food and Drug Administration panel gave a thumbs-up Wednesday to a gene therapy that involves genetically engineering a patient's T-cells to fight a particular type of leukemia, The New York Times reports.

If the FDA agrees with the panel's recommendation and moves to approve the treatment for commercial use, it would be the first such gene-altering treatment to make it to market.

[...] Once the stuff of science fiction, altering human genes has been creeping into reality of late. Also on Wednesday, researchers at Harvard announced they'd managed to encode video files into the genetic material of living cells, demonstrating the viability of a "molecular recorder" that could lead to more disease treatments in the future.

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  • (Score: 2) by Bot on Sunday July 16, @06:37AM

    by Bot (3902) Subscriber Badge on Sunday July 16, @06:37AM (#539821)

    This new genetic therapy is surely effective to fight the cancer caused by encoding videos in the friggin' DNA.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, @06:54AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, @06:54AM (#539824)

    Well, Novartis needs to make up for all the money lost chasing obvious dead ends so it will be 300k per session or whatever. Also, I didn't read the papers (yet) but HIV can do cell-to-cell transmission...

    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, @04:17PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, @04:17PM (#539924)

      The vectors are self-inactivating (the 3' LTR will be unable to produce a replication competent genome) and the envelope proteins are produced separately (not present in the viral genome). The structural, enzymatic, and accessory viral proteins are also produced separately.

  • (Score: 2) by kaszz on Sunday July 16, @09:37AM (2 children)

    by kaszz (4211) on Sunday July 16, @09:37AM (#539851) Journal

    Encoding video into cells definitely defines a new take on video going viral. Maybe there already are some interesting messages in our DNA?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, @01:49PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, @01:49PM (#539888)

      Film at 11:00.

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by frojack on Sunday July 16, @09:57PM

      by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Sunday July 16, @09:57PM (#540048) Journal

      I was going to ask how encoding video into cells helps fight cancer.

      Are there going to encode cancer porn so that cancer cells stay in their basement and forget about doing any real procreation or what?

      No, you are mistaken. I've always had this sig.