Before humans, gene-editing could be tested on larger animals
Although it remains unclear as to when and if this new technology will be ready for human clinical trial testing, it is showing great promise. “I really want to give hope for patients and families. We are working on it, and they should not lose hope,” said Hye Young Lee, lead author of the study and assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Moving forward, the researchers hope to test the gene-editing tool on larger animals and eventually humans. “I am optimistic about the future,” added Lee.
While some advances have already begun to take effect, others are laying the foundation for more-effective, personalized treatments in the years to come.