Ancient DNA isn’t just the product of conspiracy theories and science fiction movies. In fact,dinosaur DNA is currently being tested in order to create a possible cure for gout. Scientists tested the DNA’s capabilities by reviving a prehistoric protein via E.coli. The E.coli was then able to convert the DNA into workable live proteins.
The 90 million year old DNA proved to be solid when it came to eliminating uric acid build up, a common gout symptom. A patent was filed for the protein with the company starting the drug’s production. The FDA is currently in the process of providing approval for clinical trials.
What is Gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often affects the foot, especially the big toe, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.
The main reason get gout is because of a poor diet. Foods rich in purines like turkey, red meats, and liver can affect the body’s ability to excrete uric acid, which in turn leads to hyperuricema, the blood condition that causes gout to develop. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have as much as a one in five chance of developing it themselves.
Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet. In particular, low-fat dairy products, fruits high in vitamin C, and coffee are all foods that are known for their ability to help people recover from gout.
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