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Cell Therapy - Healing Genes
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Source: TED-Ed

Cell Therapy

What is cell therapy?

Doctors or nurses inject viable cells into a patient’s body to grow, replace, or repair damaged tissue/treat a disease.

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What occurs during cell therapy?

In somatic cell therapy, every cell – except sperm and egg cells – can be targeted for therapeutic treatmentBy using somatic cell therapy, genetic changes remain in the patient and do not pass to the patient’s babies (or future generations).

Examples:

  • Bone marrow transplants are frequently used examples of cell therapy.
  • CAR T-cell therapy, which is a recent innovation, removes special immune system cells from blood and changes the cells so they recognize, attack and kill diseased cells.
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