Gene Therapy

A brief summary of how somatic gene therapy is carried out

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Gene Therapy
The insertion of a normal allele of a gene into cells to replace a faulty allele.
Somatic:
Identify gene involved
Make copies of normal allele & insert into a vector (most commonly viruses or liposomes)
Use vector to insert allele into target cells
Normal form of gene is transcribed & translated
Functioning protein produced in target cells
Germ Line:
Illegal in UK
Affects every cell in embryo/person
Could be passed onto their children

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