New gene therapy could prevent cancer, obesity
Sure, it’s one of those “just around the corner” medical breakthroughs we keep hearing about, but this latest research into gene therapy sounds really promising. Not only does it prevent cancer, but it also keeps the extra kilos at bay.
Giving the mice more than the naturally recommended dose of PTEN kept them cancer-free, which suggests that having multiple genomic copies of the tumor suppressor allowed it to fend off any harmful mutations or attempted deactivation. That’s potentially good news for expanding PTEN’s role in cancer prevention, but the potentially great news is the side effects of the extra gene.
The mice with the extra PTEN had a metabolic imbalance, although it’s the type of imbalance that people in the midst of an obesity epidemic would be all too happy to have. The experimental mice ate more and yet remained thinner than the control group. The researchers also report that the mice were less likely to be insulin-resistant and their livers had less fat in them than those of other mice. Basically, the mice were leaner and healthier, even though they were eating more.
Begin feeding me burgers and cigarettes at once!
However, bingbing believes there’s an even more important area of gene therapy that scientists should be making a priority.
(from an earlier post)
Researchers have determined that genetics could matter when it comes to some adults’ political leanings.
According to scientists at UC San Diego and Harvard University, “ideology is affected not just by social factors, but also by a dopamine receptor gene called DRD4.”
Get working, boffins. Humanity’s future is depending on it!