Gene therapy is an experimental technique performed by replacing a mutated gene with a healthy copy of the gene as an alternative to surgery or medications. It is designed to make a beneficial protein or introduce new genes to mutated cells to compensate for a patient's abnormal genes, explains Gene
Though still experimental, gene therapy fixes genetic defects and potentially reduces the need for drugs, radiation or surgical intervention. Replacing bad genes with good ones may eventually cure Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cancer and many other diseases.
According to Genetics Home Reference, gene therapy requires the use of healthy genes to treat illnesses. Instead of a person undergoing surgery, genes are introduced to a patient's body to replace corrupted DNA. Another method is to inactivate negative genes instead of replacing them.
Gene therapy is a treatment that revolves around altering the genes inside cells to stop disease, according to Mayo Clinic. The pros include helping people fight disease or even cure their disease, while some cons are unwanted immune reactions, infections, tumors and damaging healthy cells.
Because stem cell therapy is in its infancy, its safety in all potential uses hasn't been fully studied. However, early studies in which stem cell therapy were used to treat macular degeneration proved to be safe three years after the procedures were performed, WebMD reports.
Genes carry the information necessary to synthesize proteins, which are manufactured in the organelles surrounding the nucleus of a cell. Specialized sections of RNA transcribe the instructions from the genes and carry them out to the cell for production.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new gene therapy that will help fight a pervasive and deadly form of childhood cancer. Photo (c) catalin - FotoliaThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new gene therapy that may be able to treat, or even cure, a pervasive form
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The FDA granted rare pediatric disease designation to ARU-1801, an investigational autologous gene therapy, for the treatment of sickle cell disease, according to the agent’s manufacturer. ARU-1801 (Aruvant/Roivant Sciences) is under development as a possible one-time treatment for sickle cell
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