Glossary

Gene Therapy

February 27, 2012

According to the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, gene therapy is the use of normal genes or genetic material to replace or cancel out the "bad" or defective genes in a person's body that are responsible for a disease or medical problem. In early studies of gene therapy for cancer, researchers were trying to improve the body's natural ability to fight the disease or to make the tumor more sensitive to other kinds of therapy. This treatment may involve the addition of a functional gene or group of genes to a cell by gene insertion to correct a hereditary disease.
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