Should gene therapy be used to treat diseases?
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 remains risky and is still under study to make sure that it will be safe and effective.
Can genetic diseases be cured?
Many genetic disorders result from gene changes that are present in essentially every cell in the body. As a result, these disorders often affect many body systems, and most cannot be cured. However, approaches may be available to treat or manage some of the associated signs and symptoms.
What are two recent developments in gene therapy?
Results A large variety of therapeutic genes are under investigation, such as tumour suppressor, suicide, antiangiogenesis, inflammatory cytokine and micro‐RNA genes. Recent progress concerns new vectors, such as oncolytic viruses, and the synergy between viral gene therapy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
What health conditions do you think urgently needs to be treated by gene therapy?
Other conditions it is expected to someday treat include heart disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer, muscular dystrophy, immune disorders, genetic disorders, AIDS, hemophilia, and certain blindness-causing conditions. With AIDS, gene therapy will be used in a different way.