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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That means discussing Celgene’s upcoming cancer data, Sarepta Therapeutics’ future in gene therapy, the gene-editing prospects for Sangamo Therapeutics, and the risks surrounding Esperion Therapeutics’ cholesterol drug. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "What to watch for in biotech for the rest of 2018," 13 June 2018 Novartis says its leading gene therapy would be cost-effective at $4 million a patient. Denise Roland, WSJ, "Novartis CEO Bets on Cutting-Edge Science to Remake Drug Giant," 19 Nov. 2018 Solid Biosciences is treating older boys with Duchenne with its gene therapy. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "With tantalizing early results, Sarepta’s gene therapy for Duchenne raises hopes for ‘real change’," 19 June 2018 Spark is also working on investigational gene therapies for Huntington’s disease and Batten’s disease, a fatal nervous system condition. Sam Wood, Philly.com, "A $110M jackpot will fund hemophilia R&D at Spark Therapeutics in West Philly," 30 Apr. 2018 Instead, the rapid pace of scientific innovation in areas such as gene therapy or CAR-T cancer treatments may actually be causing pharmaceutical companies to hold off on deals for now. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Why Biotech Deal-Making Has Dried Up," 4 Oct. 2018 But gene therapy can be reversed by reinserting the original gene. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Short-Term Superhuman: If We Create Augmented Soldiers, Can We Turn Them Back?," 25 Sep. 2018 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

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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)

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gene therapist noun

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