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Published 3 years ago with 6 Comments

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  • drunkenninja
    +4

    Interested to know how deep the depression must be in order for it to have such adverse effects on ones biology. Really hoping in the future depression can be battled with a sort of DNA therapy.

    • BlueOracle
      +6

      The article is about stress-induced depression. It's suggesting that the changes in DNA, which are apparently reversible, be used as a diagnostic tool and an indicator of whether or not treatment is effective. Depression isn't very well understood, largely because it's an extremely broad diagnosis with no singular cause. In the context of this article the DNA damage was a symptom and not a cause, so I don't think gene therapy makes sense here.

      This actually raises some very interesting questions; would it make sense to apply gene therapy to people who are experiencing stress reactions? How can we tell if depression is a stress reaction or not? Does it even matter? If we could make everyone immune to negative stress reactions, would that be a good idea? What do you think?

      • drunkenninja
        +5

        Thanks for the clarification /u/blueoracle, I guess at this point we still don't know even the tip of an iceberg on what we can do with gene therapy to alter our resistance to stress related depression. I personally think that once we are able to crack the underlaying causes of how stress creates the depression symptom we can do far more to make ourselves resistant. Really curious to how this research will progress.

        • BlueOracle
          +5

          When should we change our environment and when should we change ourselves? It's not always an easy question to answer. Gene therapy is very exciting and terrifying, or that's what I think of it anyway. I guess all technology is kind of like that, you know? These are interesting times for sure!

          Anyway, thanks for the article and conversation. I hope you're doing well. :)

          • drunkenninja (edited 3 years ago)
            +3

            Well thats the problem with "environments", usually they are large, complex and extremely difficult to control - especially if they are constantly changing and based on a number of different variables, ie. weather, politics, living conditions, status. I guess at one point it becomes easier (of course with advanced technology) to edit ones genes to avoid and hopefully be immune to those effects. Hell yeah, I too am terrified of what technology can do especially in the wrong hands, but I am hopeful that we as a collective intelligence will figure out a way to manage these dangers. Great chatting with you too!

            /edit - as for the article, full credit goes to /u/powpow for the find :D

            • BlueOracle
              +6

              Yep, I hear you about environments. It is easier to put on slippers than it is to carpet the entire world, ha! I just worry about, as you said, what technology can do in the wrong hands. The people who are suffering most aren't generally the people making the decisions. I worry about a situation where everyone not at the top is expected to change themselves in support of the status quo. You know, like, “You’re poor and your life is shit because of how the system is set up? Shut up and submit to this treatment so you won't care about that anymore!” I'm glad you're hopeful about our collective intelligence. I can get a bit cynical. Maybe I should stop reading dystopian sci-fi, lol! ;)

              Thanks for taking the time to respond /u/drunkenninja, and thanks for all the awesome content you add to the site in general!

              /edit - as for the article, full credit goes to /u/powpow for the find :D

              Oh yeah, duh! Sorry /u/powpow, thanks for the article! :D

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