gene therapy

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Technology

 

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Peter C

 

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June 19, 2016

 

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When genes are altered so that the encoded proteins are unable to carry out their normal functions, genetic disorders can result. Gene therapy is a technique for correcting defective genes responsible for disease development. Researchers may use one of several approaches for correcting faulty genes: ? A normal gene may be inserted into a nonspecific location within the genome to replace a nonfunctional gene...
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This approach is most common. ? An abnormal gene could be swapped for a normal gene through homologous recombination. ? The abnormal gene could be repaired through selective reverse mutation, which returns the gene to its normal function. ? The regulation (the degree to which a gene is turned on or off) of a particular gene could be altered...
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