Gene Therapy

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Gene Therapy

Gene Therapy

Gene therapy is DNA that is used to treat or prevent a disease by doing a number of options such as replacing the mutated gene with a healthy one or adding another gene to help fight the disease

Genetics Home Reference:http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/handbook/therapy/genetherapyG-Therapy:http://www.gtherapy.co.uk/pros-and-cons.Mayo Clinic:http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/gene-therapy/basics/definition/prc-20014778

ProsIf the gene therapy targets the reproductive organ it can rid the disease for future offspringIt can have many advantages over drug therapy instead of just easing the problem it can cure it

ConsThis technology is quite new and the effects of the cure is only short termHas a possibility that the gene will not reach the designated areaHas a possibility that the gene can end up in the wrong spot in your DNA and it can cause a tumor

Gene therapy is used to cure various thing such as a heart attack due to there being permanent damage to portions of the heart as well as bone marrow failure which can lead to an inadequate number of red blood cells

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Other possible cures can include: cancer, systic fibrosis, heart disease, diabetes, hemophilia, and aids

As of now the only way to receive gene therapy is to participate in a clinical trial doctors/researchers must make sure this procedure is safe before applying it on people


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