the application of genetic engineering to the transplantation of genes into human cells in order to cure a disease caused by a genetic defect, as a missing enzyme.
- Compare gene transfer.
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How to use gene therapy in a sentence
Research is underway to use lipid nanoparticles for delivery mechanisms in a variety of vaccines and gene therapies, including in cancer immunotherapy.Why grandparents can’t find vaccines: Scarcity of niche biotech ingredients | Christopher Rowland | February 18, 2021 | Washington Post
De Laat, who has since found a good new job working in gene therapy for a pharmaceutical company, is on better financial footing now.Millions of Tenants Behind on Rent, Small Landlords Struggling, Eviction Moratoriums Expiring Soon: Inside the Next Housing Crisis | Abby Vesoulis/Seattle | February 18, 2021 | Time
In late 2019, before covid-19, the US National Institutes of Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced they would spend $200 million developing affordable gene therapies for use in sub-Saharan Africa.The next act for messenger RNA could be bigger than covid vaccines | David Rotman | February 5, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
To cap it off, scientists found a new way to use light to control the brain through the skull without surgery—though as of now, you’ll still need gene therapy.2020 in Neuroscience, Longevity, and AI—and What’s to Come | Shelly Fan | December 22, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Using gene therapy, the team introduced three “superstar” genes into the eyes of aged mice to revert those marks and reprogram cells to a younger state.2020 in Neuroscience, Longevity, and AI—and What’s to Come | Shelly Fan | December 22, 2020 | Singularity Hub
British Dictionary definitions for gene therapy
the replacement or alteration of defective genes in order to prevent the occurrence of such inherited diseases as haemophilia. Effected by genetic engineering techniques, it is still at the experimental stage
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Scientific definitions for gene therapy
The treatment of a disorder or disease, especially one caused by the inheritance of a defective gene, by replacing defective genes with healthy ones through genetic engineering.
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Cultural definitions for gene therapy
A promising technology that involves replacing a defective gene in the body with a healthy one. This can be done by removing cells from the body, using genetic engineering techniques to change defective sequences in the DNA, and then reinserting the cells. This technique has been carried out successfully, for example, on bone marrow cells, in which defective cells were successfully replaced with healthy, genetically engineered cells. Scientists hope to find an agent, such as a therapeutic virus, that will be able to correct defective DNA in situ. (See cloning vector.)
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