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Understanding Biotechnology by David E. Bowen, Fabrício R. Santos, Aluízio Borém

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Chapter 7. Gene Therapy

Gene Therapy
  • Genetic Defects

  • Vectors for Gene Delivery

  • Gene Therapy Risks

  • DNA Vaccines

  • Germ-Line Cell Therapy

  • Stem Cell Therapy

  • Final Considerations

Gene therapy has become an increasingly important topic in science-related news. The basic concept of gene therapy is to introduce a gene with the capacity to cure or prevent the progression of a disease. Gene therapy introduces a normal, functional copy of a gene into a cell in which that gene is defective. Cells, tissue, or even whole individuals (when germ-line cell therapy becomes available) modified by gene therapy are considered to be transgenic or genetically modified. Gene therapy could ...

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