Psoriasis is a skin disorder in which red scaly skin develops mostly on the knees, elbows, and other spots on the body.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) hosted a conference in which they presented the findings on the effects of SNAs on psoriasis. SNAs are spherical and they're composed of identical RNA fragments attached to a central lipid. They go into a cell so they aren't broken up like other RNA fragments. Once the researchers code the SNA to a specific protein, the SNA blocks production of that protein. After doing a trial on the effect of SNAs on people with psoriasis, researchers found that they are considered to be safe. Eventually, researchers hope to find a way to use SNAs as a cure for psoriasis and other genetic diseases.
At the ACS meeting last week, SNA pioneer and Exicure Founder Chad Mirkin of Northwestern University, Evanston, in Illinois, told his audience that the initial trial results suggest that SNAs are safe. What’s more, there appears to be a dose-dependent response in knocking down TNF-α, which raises hopes that doctors will be able to find a curative dose.I feel that this is a very important breakthrough in the journey to finding ways to fight or, hopefully, cure multiple genetic diseases. If SNAs can possibly help cure psoriasis at some point, this could lead to curing cancer or other diseases in which protein buildup is a problem. I find this article to be very interesting in the field of genetics and health.