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Cancer Gene Therapy- Developments and Future Perspectives

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    ABSTRACT: The concept of transferring genes to tissues for clinical applications has been discussed for nearly half a century, but the ability to manipulate genetic material via recombinant DNA technology has brought this goal to reality. 'Gene Therapy' covers both the research and clinical applications of the new genetic therapy techniques currently being developed. The application of molecular biology has revolutionized researchers understanding of many diseases and has been readily applied for diagnostic purposes. Now-a-day this is originally conceived as a way to treat life-threatening disorders (inborn errors, cancers) refractory to conventional treatment, gene therapy now is considered for many non–life-threatening conditions, including those adversely affecting a patient's quality of life. The lack of suitable treatment has become a rational basis for extending the scope of gene therapy. It is not very far, the justifiable optimism that with increased biotechnological improvement, gene therapy will become a standard part of clinical practice.
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    ABSTRACT: The concept of transferring genes to tissues for clinical applications has been discussed for nearly half a century, but the ability to manipulate genetic material via recombinant DNA technology has brought this goal to reality. 'Gene Therapy' covers both the research and clinical applications of the new genetic therapy techniques currently being developed. The application of molecular biology has revolutionized researchers understanding of many diseases and has been readily applied for diagnostic purposes. Now-a-day this is originally conceived as a way to treat life-threatening disorders (inborn errors, cancers) refractory to conventional treatment, gene therapy now is considered for many non–life-threatening conditions, including those adversely affecting a patient's quality of life. The lack of suitable treatment has become a rational basis for extending the scope of gene therapy. It is not very far, the justifiable optimism that with increased biotechnological improvement, gene therapy will become a standard part of clinical practice.
    IOSR Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences. 05/2013; 6(4):31-34.

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