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Researchers remove extra chromosome from Down’s syndrome cells. Could a gene therapy be next?

Scientists from the University of Washington have successfully removed an extra copy of chromosome 21 in cell cultures belonging to a person with Down's syndrome. While the breakthrough is unlikely to result in an outright treatment for the condition, it could pave the way for gene therapies in which many of the… »11/12/12 3:02pm11/12/12 3:02pm

Breakthrough: Gene Therapy Provides Full Protection from HIV Transmission in Mice

For hundreds of years, immunization has been one of society's most elegant and dependable methods of disease prevention. Vaccines have been developed for infections ranging from measles to HPV. Many of us get vaccinated to protect ourselves against seasonal illness, or before traveling internationally. Vaccination is… »12/01/11 8:11am12/01/11 8:11am

How the U.S. government helped fund the development of gene therapy

Over at Discover magazine, Veronique Greenwood has written a terrific article explaining the development of gene therapy, one of the most promising avenues of medical research over the last several decades. And, she explains, this basic, life-saving research couldn't have been done without the help of government… »10/27/11 4:30pm10/27/11 4:30pm