gene therapy

noun

Definition of gene therapy 

: the insertion of usually genetically altered genes into cells especially to replace defective genes in the treatment of genetic disorders or to provide a specialized disease-fighting function

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The company is the first to have a gene therapy cleared in this country. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Novartis spends big in Washington. But its investment in Trump's lawyer backfired big time.," 10 May 2018 GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s Strimvelis, a $730,000 gene therapy for a rare immune deficiency, has also seen few takers. Bloomberg.com, "After $1 Million Drug Flop, UniQure Revives in Gene Therapy," 6 Apr. 2018 The groom’s father is a founder of Tocagen, a gene therapy company in San Diego. New York Times, "Elyse Feldman, Andrew Berman," 8 July 2018 The Salk Institute for Biological Studies has placed prominent cancer and gene therapy scientist Inder Verma on administrative leave and launched an investigation into allegations against him. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Salk puts cancer scientist Inder Verma on leave after harassment allegations, announces investigation," 21 Apr. 2018 Efforts to develop a cure for sickle cell disease using gene therapy or genome-editing have shown early promise but are still years away from being proven. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "A much-needed sickle cell drug reaches a critical readout. Here’s what you need to know," 4 May 2018 There weren’t tech startups changing the world out of one kid’s garage, or gene therapy, or driverless cars that threaten to run amok. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "People are panic-buying Necco wafers. They’re freaking out about the wrong candy.," 17 Apr. 2018 But if these new treatments can produce truly life-altering results, then a one-time large payment, as seen recently with gene therapy and CAR-Ts in other types of blood cancer, might be justifiable. Karen Weintraub, STAT, "Once quickly lethal and still humbling, multiple myeloma may be in a ‘golden age’ of treatment," 29 May 2018 Among drugs in late-stage development, Bluebird Bio ’s gene therapy for sickle-cell disease could involve a hospital stay of as long as six weeks. Jonathan D. Rockoff, WSJ, "The Million-Dollar Cancer Treatment: Who Will Pay?," 26 Apr. 2018

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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gene therapy

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English Language Learners Definition of gene therapy

medical : a way of treating some disorders and diseases that usually involves replacing bad copies of genes with other genes

gene therapy

noun

Medical Definition of gene therapy 

: the insertion of usually genetically altered genes into cells especially to replace defective genes in the treatment of genetic disorders or to provide a specialized disease-fighting function (as the destruction of tumor cells)

Other Words from gene therapy

gene therapist noun

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