Thursday, December 28, 2017
I've always been blessed with a fairly stable body weight despite sub-optimal eating habits. It turns out the body has own a mechanism for that. This could lead to better understanding and treatments for obesity.
A recent improvement in the CRISPR technique bypasses some risky problems with the earlier method. The prior method can introduce unanticipated mutations. The new method is much safer. It doesn't change the DNA itself. It changes how the genes express. This area is known as epigenetics. As such it holds much greater promise to treat diseases. It has proven itself for diabetes and muscular dystrophy in mouse models.