Gene therapy can be used to replace a mutated gene causing a negative effect or disease with a functioning copy of that gene. Correcting the body’s genetic code is about as complicated as it sounds-beyond identifying the gene causing a specific disease, and beyond building a gene therapy agent, there’s the matter of getting the gene therapy agent delivered to the right part of the body.
Watch the above video to learn about the potentially life-changing implications of gene therapy.
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Episode 2 | Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer
Episode 3 | The Itch That Rashes
Episode 4 | NASH: The Silent Killer
Episode 6 | Building a Mirror Molecule
Episode 7 | Hunting Rare Diseases
Episode 8 | Take Your Breath Away
Episode 9 | Clinical Trials: Driving The Hunt Forward
Episode 10 | A Constant Threat