Historic Breakthrough: Casgevy, the First FDA-Approved CRISPR Wonder

By: | December 21st, 2023

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The US Food and Drug Administration recently granted approval for a revolutionary medical treatment employing CRISPR gene editing. Known as Casgevy, this therapy is designed to address individuals with sickle cell disease, a hereditary blood disorder impacting over 100,000 people in the United States.

The United Kingdom initially authorized this groundbreaking treatment on November 16. Vertex Pharmaceuticals of Boston and Crispr Therapeutics of Switzerland collaborated in developing this innovative therapy. The approval marks a significant scientific achievement for the technology, showcasing its ability to effectively and precisely correct DNA mutations. This milestone heralds a new era for genetic medicines, particularly in addressing inherited diseases.

Hope for sickle cell patients

Sickle cell, an inherited blood disorder, results in the deformation of red blood cells into crescent shapes, leading to their entrapment within blood vessels. This phenomenon restricts blood flow and gives rise to episodes commonly referred to as pain crises.

Towards a Gene-Editing Future:

Casgevy has shown promising results in clinical trials, significantly reducing episodes of pain and other symptoms associated with this disease. While long-term data is still needed, it offers a potential cure for many patients. The potential to edit genes to treat or prevent a wide range of conditions is now closer than ever.

This new treatment could significantly improve the quality of life for many individuals and families living with the disease. However, the use of CRISPR technology raises ethical concerns about potential unintended consequences and the need for careful regulation.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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