The Cutting Edge of Medicine and Science

2018

The Cutting Edge of Medicine and Science

Legend has it that molecular biologist Francis Crick ran into a pub in Cambridge, England, and announced, “I have discovered the secret of life.” Crick and his partner, James Watson, had just completed the double-helix model of DNA. Fast forward 65 years, when science and medicine are still building on that foundational discovery — to edit genes, alter the course of genetic disorders, correct embryonic defects, and perhaps code for beauty or athletic prowess in future generations. The astonishing potential to manipulate and care for the human body doesn’t end there. Synthetic blood offers hope to people with sickle cell anemia, bioprinting is leading to artificial organs, and robots may soon teach language to children with hearing deficits. The next generation of breakthrough drugs offers hope to people facing cancer and mental illness, and ultrasound could alter the course of Alzheimer’s disease. Where will these thrilling developments lead next, and how do we share their benefits?

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