GENE THERAPY
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Principles of gene therapy Gene therapy trials Web resources

Clinical gene transfer had its official beginning when, in 1989, 5 patients with terminal melanoma were given autologous lymphocytes that had been "marked" ex vivo with a gene encoding resistance to the antibiotic G418. This study was designed primarily to trace the cells in the patients' bodies and to show the safety of gene transfer, and in that sense it was successful. No helper viruses were found, no reverse transcriptase activity was detected, no toxicity was experienced, and the transduced cells remained otherwise "normal"ref.

Principles of gene therapy

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