Gene Therapy by Jin Su Kim & Jun Ho Kang
Index • What is Gene Therapy? • How is Gene Therapy Done? • Disadvantage and Advantage • Benefits & Problems • Ethical considerations
What is Gene Therapy? • Treatment of disorders by inserting genetic material inside the cell • In 1990 Gene Therapy was first performed • Cure for Cancer and Genetic diseases
How is Gene Therapy Done? • Inserting the Bio-engineered vectors: • Retroviruses • Adenoviruses • Methods: In vivo and Ex vivo
Disadvantages Extreme Cost Immune response Chance of inducing a tumor Advantage Less painful Disadvantage and Advantage
Benefits Free from diseases The babies can be born healthy Problems Social chaos Benefits & Problems
Ethical considerations • What is normal and what is a disability or disorder, and who decides? • Are disabilities diseases? Do they need to be cured or prevented? • Does searching for a cure demean the lives of individuals presently affected by disabilities? • Preliminary attempts at gene therapy are exorbitantly expensive. Who will have access to these therapies? Who will pay for their use?
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