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Genetics

18 August 2010

Gene therapy: what you should know

The concept of replacing defective genes with healthy ones spurred high hopes in the early nineties. But several setbacks have somewhat dampened the early optimism.

The concept of replacing defective genes with healthy ones spurred high hopes in the early nineties. Since the first gene therapy trial in 1990, though, several setbacks have somewhat dampened the early optimism.

The basic function of genes is to regulate the production of proteins required for the healthy working of cells. Thus, genetic defects manifest in either too little or too much of a protein being produced.

 

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