Imma just let this sit here
MOTHA FUCKIN SCIENCE
They turned RNA into an anti-virus program. That is amazing.
Let me restate this in case it didn’t sink in the first time
Researchers physically DELETED ALL TRACES of the HIV virus from a human cell.
ALL OF IT.
IF YOU ARE NOT EXCITED ABOUT THAT I DON’T THINK YOU KNOW WHAT HIV IS
holy shit this is glorious
So it is really cool that they were able to delete HIV from the genome but its not as ground breaking as it seems
1. Scientists have been able to delete specific DNA sequences using RNA for quite a while now (like, at least a decade), so applying it to HIV isn’t exactly a stretch as long as the HIV sequence is known.
2. And this is the big one. The body recognizes foreign RNA and destroys it So while there are several diseases that can be cured by removing specific sequences of DNA and it has been known the RNA can do that, there are no disease treatments the involve giving someone RNA because there is no way to deliver it to cells. That’s why there is so much focus on drug delivery. Scientists still need to figure out how to get the RNA to cells before the body destroys it, and so far there is no way to do that. So while I’m happy the research is progressing (yay science) we really need to stop spreading this around like its a potential cure, because its not
There are other potential issues, but they might be addressed in the article so I don’t want to talk about them without doing my due diligence there.
i don’t like being a buzz kill, but articles like this actually hurt science, research and research funding by skewing public perception of the scientific process. People read articles like this and think that cures to complex diseases are only a few years/months away. And when that time passes and there is no cure, they think that scientists are pissing away time and money, which leads to mistrust of the scientific community and unwillingness to fund research. Ironically, this makes it harder to find cures/treatments. So please think a little bit before sharing these “science fixes X” articles.
Yeah, this is exactly how we end up with widespread “there’s a cure they’re hiding” nonsense. Media reporting things without scientists on payroll to approve and then the public gets ahold of it and further misunderstands the misunderstanding…it’s a headache.