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Politicians and scientists alike often discuss personalized medicine as the future of heath care. Personalized medicine would mean that researchers could use a patient’s specific genetic make-up to develop a specific treatment. In an innovative approach, researchers work to develop miniature pigs with patient-specific genetic mutations. Award-winning science writer Ed Yong explains how researchers aim to utilize the gene editing technology known as CRISPR to help treat neurofibromatosis. getAbstract recommends this article to those interested in cutting-edge, gene editing technology.

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  • What kind of disease neurofibromatosis type 1 is,
  • What the modern, gene editing technique “CRISPR” is capable of,
  • How miniature pigs can help scientists learn more about an individual’s disease progression.
 

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Ed Yong is an award-winning science writer at The Atlantic and author of several books.

 

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What kind of disease is neurofibromatosis type 1?

Neurofibromatosis type 1, also known as NF-1, is an inherited genetic disorder. NF-1 is highly variable from patient to patient and currently incurable. Patients commonly present with tumors that grow on their nervous tissue. While these tumors are normally benign, they can become rather large and ultimately disfigure a patient’s face and body. Some NF-1 patients develop neurological disorders. There are also reports of NF-1 patients with bone and heart conditions. The disease affects about one in every 2,500 babies born.


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