Newer Methods May Boost Gene Therapy’s Use for More Diseases

June 3, 2021

(Associated Press) – Gene therapies often aim to supply a gene people lack. The trick is getting the new one where it needs to be without triggering other problems. Some therapies, such as ones for inherited forms of blindness, inject the treatment into the eye. A common method for others is to remove some of a patient’s blood cells, alter them in the lab to carry the desired gene, and return them through an IV. What has scientists excited is better vectors — disabled viruses that ferry the gene into cells — that seem safer and more effective. (Read Full Article)