Gene Therapy Review
Welcome to our gene therapy portal
The Gene Therapy Review is the web resource for patients and professionals interested in cell and gene therapy. Founded in 2008, the aim of the site is to be an information resource for basic and clinical research in the fields of gene therapy, cell therapy, and genetic vaccines, and to serve as a network in the exchange of information and news related to this arena. We welcome contributions from researchers and clinicians alike with a view in increase awareness in this vastly growing sector.
Gene Therapy in the News
A key factor in understanding the elevated cancer risk associated with gene therapy has been uncovered by researchers. They conducted research on mice with a rare disease similar to one in humans, hoping their findings may eventually help improve gene therapy for humans.
A technique for 'editing' the genome in sperm-producing adult stem cells has been demonstrated by researchers, a result with powerful potential for basic research and for gene therapy. The study involved spermatogonial stem cells, which are the foundation for the production of sperm and are the only adult stem cells that contribute genetic information to the next generation. Repairing flaws in the cells could thus prevent mutations from being passed to future generations, researchers say.
New research challenges the view that cancer treatment in itself is a direct cause of a fatal form of leukemia that can develop several years after chemotherapy or radiation. For a small percentage of cancer patients, treatment aimed at curing the disease leads to a form of leukemia with a poor prognosis.