The science of it is mind-bending for a lay-person: you edit the DNA of a mouse (!) so that it has the identical genetic mutation of a particular human (!) suffering from an auto-immune condition. And then, using the mouse model, you can develop specific treatments just for that person.
“So, if I was a patient,” I asked. “There would be a ‘mouse-me’ somewhere in the lab?”
“No,” she said. “There would be many ‘mouse-yous.’”
When I met Penny, a patient at the CPI, I was extremely eager to ask about her mouse model.
She looked confused.
“What mouse?” she said.
Sometimes it’s hard to see the most important part of a story.
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Pictured: Carola Vinuesa, Credit: James Walsh, ANU Science Media