How does gene therapy treat genetic disorders?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Gene therapy, an experimental procedure, uses genes in preventing and treating various diseases. Medical researchers are testing different ways that gene therapy could be used to treat genetic disorders. New techniques could include replacing mutated genes (that cause illness) with a healthy version of that gene. Doctors hope to treat patients by inserting a gene directly into a cell, replacing the need for drugs or surgery.

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