Examples of People who benefitted from Genetic Treatment
Dr. Lukas Wartman was devastated when he found out that he was subject to the very cancer he spent his career studying. But he was lucky to be at the right place at the right time as his associate director and colleagues at the university were determined to find a solution for his condition. They sequenced the genes of both his healthy and cancer cells to compare and were able to find the culprit gene that was producing huge amounts of protein, which was the reason behind cancer growth. Even better, there was a promising new drug for kidney cancer, that might shut down the malfunctioning gene. This gave him hope and since then his cancer is in remission (reducing).
Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google discovered that he carried a gene mutation – G2019S – that is tied to Parkinson’s disease through the DNA company 23andme. With the family history of Parkinson’s disease that affected his mother and her aunt, and this result meant that he relatively has a higher chance of anywhere between 20% – 80% to develop Parkinson’s disease compared to an average person. But identifying this mutation early on has put him in a better place than an average person as it will give him ample amount of time to change lifestyle and perform substantial research in the field before it may affect him.
Noreen Fraser, who succumbed to Breast Cancer in early 2017 after fighting with it for 16 long years, was a strong proponent of DNA testing and storage, due to the benefits we can achieve from these in the present and in future. She suggested that Cancer should also be a chronic condition like AIDS and Diabetes that we can live with. She believed that DNA testing today can give a lot more information about the makeup of tumour that would help doctors and scientists find a specific drug to kill the strain of breast cancer rather than the hunt and peck chemo method we have today. By storing her DNA for a longer period and performing advanced tests in the future when available, it would help us identify and treat the condition before it became critical in the next generation or other people who might suffer from the same condition.