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Has the Era of Gene Therapy Finally Arrived?

In 1990, geneticist William French Anderson injected cells with altered genes into a four-year-old girl with severe immunodeficiency disorder. This was the first sanctioned test of gene therapy, in which genetic material is used to treat or prevent disease.

“If we’re lucky,” Anderson told The Chicago Tribune, “with this little girl we’ve opened the door for genetic engineering to attack major killers and cripplers, particularly AIDS, cancer and heart disease.”

Gene therapy has never fulfilled these grand hopes. In the decades since Anderson’s experiment, thousands of clinical trials of gene therapies have been carried out. But the first gene therapy was only approved for…

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