This decade has provided revolutionary technological developments and novel ideas that will hopefully ease and maybe eradicate malignant diseases affecting the world. Presently, doctors, researchers, and also engineers put their heads together to work out solutions for the development of therapeutics and medical equipment to improve our quality of life. The path to turn a promising idea into an effective therapy in the clinical setting is hard and tortuous; however, this strategy is unfolding. Presently, there are hundreds of startup biomedical and biotech companies working in Israel alone for this purpose.
There are many maladies affecting the world for which there is no remedy or cure, and one of the hallmarks of medicine in the future will be cell replacement therapy. For example, important research is taking place on Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative brain disorder that affects 120 -180 out of 100,000 among the Caucasian community. This disorder is caused by loss of dopamine-producing brain cells and is a very debilitating disease. And this is when future cell therapy comes into play by replenishing the brain with new dopamine producing cells which will be produced in the laboratory and biotech companies. Currently, experiments are being conducted in small animal models of Parkinson disease through cells derived from human embryonic stem cells with great promise for the future.
Another exciting prospect for the cure of cancer is through the development and production of nonengineered wild-type viruses or recombinant forms with genetic manipulation viruses. For example, the Newcastle Disease Virus which causes death in fowls is effective for treating brain cancer patients. Further research is on the pipeline for the cure of other types of cancers, such as lung cancer.
So fasten your seat belts because I’ll have much more to report in future assays about the prospects of cure for degenerative and malignant diseases. Israel is at the forefront of this exciting research and a leading player in the advancement of biotechnological and medical discoveries for a disease-free future.
For another summation of this topic, please check our previous assay entitled “Will we live as long as trees?”