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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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 In the case of the akikiki, Thomas says, unless something radical is done — impairing the vectors of the disease, or making the birds resistant with gene therapy — the birds will never survive in the wild. Jennifer Kahn, New York Times, "Should Some Species Be Allowed to Die Out?," 13 Mar. 2018 The findings could be a breakthrough in several biomedical areas, including gene therapy. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "UMass Amherst researchers discover gel-like substance can prevent DNA from diffusing," 8 June 2018 An initial reading of the tea leaves suggests some more optimism about Sarepta’s new Duchenne gene therapy. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Why Sarepta Stock Skyrocketed 40% Today," 19 June 2018 Just this year, Celgene spent $9 billion to acquire cancer specialist Juno Therapeutics, and Novartis paid nearly as much for gene therapy startup AveXis. Charley Grant, WSJ, "In Biotech, $6 Billion Can Vanish Quickly," 4 June 2018 In late June Sarepta Therapeutics , a biotech company, released data on a gene therapy for Duchenne, a disease that weakens muscles and organ function. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Risky Drug Approval Lesson," 4 July 2018 This early gene therapy study involved just three patients—although, granted, trials for rare disorders like Duchenne muscular dystrophy have very limited patient pools. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Why Sarepta Stock Skyrocketed 40% Today," 19 June 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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