Current Problems and How You Can Help

Remaining silent to drug companies and scientific academia regarding their main focuses and discussions is the equivalent to consenting to our current course of treatments and not allowing for change. Use your amazing voice for something good; we’re loudest together.

Why are some aspects of gene therapy still illegal and frowned upon? When will CRISPR be employed and researched effectively for all diseases?

-“Here’s the relevant bit of the budget: “(Sec. 749) Prohibits the FDA from acknowledging applications for an exemption for investigational use of a drug or biological product in research in which a human embryo is intentionally created or modified to include a heritable genetic modification.”

Those against genetic engineering or in vitro treatments have the privilege of being biased, because their life is not hanging in the balance of a genetically modified cure.

This disallows for heritable traits to be added or retracted, no matter how deadly or concerning, regardless of how far technology advances.

There has also been lack of public support in America, and this greatly hinders any progress forwards, giving the government and pharmaceuticals no incentives to change direction.

Another major problem is that so few companies have access to the latest technology; this is counterproductive to our mission. Editas Medicine, Intellia Therapeutics, CRISPR therapeutics (partnered with Bayer Inc.), and Monsanto, are some of the few companies that hold an international patent and usage rights on CRISPR technology and the revolutionary Cas9 viable cure technology. They can only invest a limited amount of time, money, and inventiveness.

Similar to the development of the Internet, medicine should encourage doctors worldwide to collaborate together and experiment on new technologies to improve them, as only teamwork can accomplish. Cures should not be held back by the monopoly of a patented product and prevent it’s established use globally while hindering its full potential.” The CRISPR gene editing technique, for instance, allows scientists to pinpoint an exact sequence of DNA within a gene, excise it using the Cas9enzyme, and paste in a new segment of DNA in place of the original.

-Read over the latest in CRISPR patent news:

*Other patents and umbrella companies are available to search on the internet, and these companies are currently profiting huge for their monopoly.