gene therapy


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 claims involve the gene therapy Zolgensma, used to treat the devastating childhood rare disorder spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) - and which, at a $2.1 million list price, is the most expensive drug in the world. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Novartis Defends $2.1 Million Gene Therapy After FDA Data Manipulation Claims—Brainstorm Health," 6 Aug. 2019 Drugs targeting another protein accumulation in the brain called tau protein tangles, as well as anti-inflammation drugs, immune modulators, gene therapy, insulin and cannabis compounds, are among other avenues still being pursued. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, "Alzheimer’s research is getting a reboot at small companies focused on the immune system," 5 July 2019 Another relatively new gene therapy, vision-loss treatment Luxturna from Spark Therapeutics , lists for $850,000. Jonathan D. Rockoff, WSJ, "New Gene Therapy Priced at $1.8 Million in Europe," 14 June 2019 In addition to gene therapy, pharmaceutical companies have launched trials for experimental medications. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "South Floridians urged to take part in research leading to breakthroughs in fight against sickle cell disease," 8 June 2019 Just weeks after Vividion’s round, ARCH led a $55 million round for Locana, a gene therapy startup in Torrey Pines. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "These 3 out-of-town VCs invested millions in San Diego startups this quarter," 15 July 2019 Its maker Novartis AG says the gene therapy will cost $2.125 million. Denise Roland, WSJ, "At $2 Million, New Novartis Drug Is Priciest Ever," 24 May 2019 Ironically, the gene therapies that were used before CRISPR had a higher risk of going haywire, which got the NIH interested in what would happen if a scientist edited someone’s germline inadvertently. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Legal vs. Illegal Gene Editing: Here's What's Banned, and Why," 4 Dec. 2018 If one company develops a genetic test for a disease, for example, a patent on the gene involved might prevent scientists at a different institution from seeking possible gene therapies for the disease. Faye Flam, Twin Cities, "Faye Flam: Corporations shouldn’t be able to patent your DNA," 20 June 2019

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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

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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)

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gene therapist noun

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