Gene Therapy

Gene Therapy

by Clay Farris Naff


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ISBN-13: 9780737719673
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 04/29/2005
Series: Exploring Science and Medical Discoveries Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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AlexjK More than 1 year ago
Gene Therapy by Clay Naff is an informative book designed to show first hand accounts of the using of gene therapy and then explaining why and how this worked and how or why this was conducted. In a short and very brief summary, which I will get into better detail about, Gene therapy is a very exciting study as it holds so much promise for the future. It is designed to prevent future disease or cure present diseases by inserting specific genes into infected or corrupted cells in order to fix the mutated cell. How that works can be in many different ways. The first way and most common way is through a specific "infusion". This is the same as a blood infusion or any other infusion, except its obviously just a healthy or reparative gene. The next way is designed with viruses that attack sick cells. The Viruses have genes loaded onto them, and are absorbed by the cell. Once in the mutated cells, the healthy genes do many things. Any errors in the DNA are repaired and each daughter cell receives a full set of chromosomes. I am going to go back to a more interesting piece in the book that I just briefly touched upon, before I get into the reasoning as to how gene therapy works. I want to explain again how you get the gene to the deformed cell. I thought at first you could just insert it directly into the cell, but studies have shown that this method does not work. Instead, a big thing they use is called vectors, which are carriers for the gene. Now the cell enters the membrane and the new gene produces proper proteins in order to fix the mutated gene. The overall tone of the book was to be very informative, and scientific, with elaborate facts in order to back up the statements made, as to why this type of strategy can and will be so useful in the future of science, medicine, and curing and preventing future diseases. I learned a lot about gene therapy, but more so learned about how genes in general work, and why this is such a big deal.