This is amazing, and it looks like the same technique might also work for other inflammatory illnesses, as if MS wasn't enough by itself. It might (NB *MIGHT*) be possible to use this for ME/CFS, arthritis, maybe depression and some forms of cancer and heart disease.
If this technology lives up to the potential I think it has, we might be looking at one of the big breakthroughs in medical history, up there with the germ theory of disease, the discovery of antibiotics, vaccination itself, and aseptic surgery. Maybe more important than those.
(And even if it doesn't live up to that potential, well, preventing MS and reversing some of the damage in people who already have it would still be an astonishing thing in itself, given how utterly fucking awful a disease MS is. This is amazing news. Just amazing.)
I'm actually in tears about this. Admittedly, I've been crying quite easily for the last couple of weeks, but this... this is even better news than the covid vaccines, honestly, if I'm reading the linked paper right (and obviously if it's replicable etc etc caveats)

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