“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” The quote holds true for a Bengaluru women , who was born with BRCA 1 cancer causing gene mutation. This meant that her children had a high risk of cancer.
Yet this is no longer the case due to the intervention of Mumbai’s Jaslok hospital. Who have successfully removed the oncogene, believed to be one of the first such cases in India.
IVF specialist Dr Firuza Parikh and her team used genetic testing to screen embryos before implanting those free of the gene, back into Swayam Prabha’s body.
This happened to Angelina Jolie, the Hollywood actress and director too but was remedied in a different way. Angelina was a carrier of both BRCA 1 and 2 gene mutation that puts her at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. She had both her breasts and and ovaries removed.
However India’s cancer statistics remain disturbing, with women more likely to die cancer than men. 1 in 8 women in urban cities are at risk of getting breast cancer and roughly 1 in 1000 men fall in the category, according to a Tata Memorial Foundation Survey.
Gene therapy is incredibly useful but is besotted with difficulties with getting it verified.
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