CRISPR and precision medicine

The deceiving outcome of Jerry Gelsinger’s volunteer enrollment in a genetic study threatened to put the brakes on genetic research. Instead, despite the hidden risks, unanticipated and obviously unwanted, knowledge continued to evolve. The tragic death of a naïve volunteer on the altar of genetics ended in four lessons written by the leading personality and at that time, culprit for the obviously surprising collateral loss [1]. These were perceived at the time as a lecture behind the firewall the Penn University managed to build between James M. Wilson (the geneticist in cause) and the prosecutors [2]. Nine years have passed between J. Gelsinger’s lethal outcome and Wilson’s mea culpa. His death was preceded by seven years of intense research in genetics at the Penn University in the USA.
Today we are confronted with unacceptable mortality in sepsis and septic shock despite large and intense initiatives to oppose it. Antibiotics are either under optimally used, stewardship is reduced sometimes to a matter of perception. These tools are improperly used or inefficient at the end of the day.  [More]

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