Published in Gene Therapy Weekly, February 26th, 2004
Gene therapy has been heralded as one of medicine's most promising frontiers, but as with any uncharted territory, dangers lurk. A key concern has been whether the viruses used to ferry therapeutic genes into cells to treat diseases such as Parkinson or diabetes also cause a second, unwanted effect: genetic mutations that ultimately trigger cancer. That fear was heightened last year when two boys with an immune system disorder developed leukemia after undergoing...
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