Gene therapy

Gene therapy is the transfer of a normal gene into a cell, to correct a defect, or provide other proteins, which are beneficial. Researchers use a carrier vector to deliver a gene into a cell through infection. Doctors administer the vector through intravenously (IV) into the desired body tissue where the cell targeted picks it up. Also, also doctors can take a cell from the body and the vector is delivered in the laboratory by exposing to a vector and then returned to make functioning protein.

Gene is the carrier of information in a cell, which describes how an organ will form or function. When the gene is absent in a cell of an embryo that is supposed to develop a hand, for example, the embryo can create a species without a hand or with a deformation. Doctors will get a gene responsible for hand formation from another cell and deliver it to the cell with a deficiency to make it function normally. The potential benefits of the therapy include eradication of diseases forever, curing genetic disorders, which drugs cannot through defective cell replacement. There is a potential risk of creating unstoppable beings through modification of human abilities as well as creating new disorders once the genes get on the wrong position.

 

Williams, D. A., & Thrasher, A. J. (2014). Concise review: lessons learned from clinical trials of gene therapy in monogenic immunodeficiency diseases. Stem cells translational medicine3(5), 636-642.

Richards, I., & Bourgeois, M. (2014). Principles and practice of toxicology in public health (2nd ed., pp. 1-497). 5 Wall St - Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

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