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Biotechnology ­ Gene Therapy



Until the advent of gene therapy, it was only possible to suppress the symptoms of inherited disease.
Only a small proportion of those affected were able to lead fully active lives. Gene therapy is the
attempted repair or replacement of disease-causing genes by the introduction of…

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APPLICATIONS OF GENE THERAPY

Gene therapy covers a range of techniques and is potentially applicable both to:

Single gene disorders - caused by a single absent or malfunctioning gene,
Multi-factorial diseases - where environmental factors as well as genes contribute to
susceptibility.

ETHICAL ISSUES

There is general agreement that gene…

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