The world is full of debilitating conditions that hundreds, if not thousands of people suffer from without any hope of a cure. Cancer is as omnipresent as ever, and even diseases we thought were gone like measles and smallpox are making a comeback!
However, scientists keep working tirelessly to cure every awful thing that afflicts humanity, and after a lot of experimentation, they've been able to get these 6 conditions to the point of almost being gone!
Huntington's is an absolutely debilitating condition that can essentially cause a person's body and memory to both begin to progressively shut down, and the results can feel like a living Hell. Worse still, anyone whose family has a history of the condition has a 50/50 chance of catching it.
However, in a discovery that's been called the biggest breakthrough in neurodegenerative diseases in the last 50 years, scientists have been able to correct the defective gene that causes the disease (called the Huntington gene). They've been able to do this by blocking the messages this gene sends to a person's protein cells, effectively rendering them completely harmless.
If this is found to be 100% effective, it'll be the first treatment to slow or prevent any kind of degenerative brain disease ever
Junctional epidermolysis bullosa is an incredibly rare skin condition, where a person genetically has skin that's described as "fragile as a butterfly's wings." This results in a hugely increased risk of cuts, infections, and bacteria entering the blood stream. Oh, and of course the strange look of the skin.
However, when a young kid named Hassan contracted the condition, researchers were able to make a breakthrough discovery in terms of treating it. They took a piece of Hassan's skin, reconstructed the DNA in it, and then grafted the skin back onto him. Within two years, the repaired skin spread across his body, leaving Hassan with completely normal skin!