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Stem cells and CRISPR can cure cocaine addiction
- September 16, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Treatment of addiction – especially drug addiction – is one of the most complex processes in modern practical medicine. For example, in the USA, the problem of drug addiction takes one of the leading positions in the list of social problems of the current generation. However, experts from the University of Chicago have developed their own new method of effectively combating cocaine addiction – the number of lovers in the United States reaches almost 2 million – and this method involves the use of a person’s genetic code and a specific enzyme that inhibits the growth of addiction by blocking certain receptors in the brain.
This method, in fact, is not so new, since earlier experts came to the conclusion that it is thanks to CRISPR – a system of sequential study of genes – that it becomes possible to induce certain genes and compounds that can inhibit the development of addiction symptoms. This time we are talking about the use of stem cells and the CRISPR system – researchers who have been researching the most successful candidates for the role of compounds that prevent the development of addiction have found a suitable one.
It turned out to be an enzyme called buturulcholinesterase BChE, which has the effect of reducing physical dependence on cocaine. Experts have found that the most effective way of working is to implant a patient who previously takes this skin. Thus, the enzyme, being attached to the existing circulatory system and blood vessels, effectively spreads its effect on the body and significantly inhibits the development of symptoms of cocaine dependence.
Thus, experts have already conducted a control study aimed at establishing various third-party side effects from the use of this enzyme – they were not found. However, it is still too early to talk about releasing this agent in practical medicine, as it is yet to be verified more than once on its features and the potential for causing certain side effects.