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Gene Therapy - Healing Genes
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Gene Therapy

What is gene therapy?

Doctors put healthy genetic code into a patient’s body with the goal of preventing disease, reducing further damage and pain, and even potentially curing the patient. If a mutated gene causes an important cell-building protein to function poorly, gene therapy may be able to restore the function of the protein.

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Gene Therapy

Some exciting gene therapies have been approved, and more are in clinical trials now. You’ll find a list of available gene therapies here.

“Although gene therapy is a promising treatment option for a number of diseases (including inherited disorders, some types of cancer, and certain viral infections), the technique is still under study to make sure that it will be safe and effective. Gene therapy is currently being tested only for diseases that have no other cures,” according to the National Institutes of Health.