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Researchers: T-cell ‘scissors’ treatment shows promise as HIV deterrent

A new gene therapy approach that engineers a person’s T cells so that they become resistant to the human immunodeficiency virus has shown early signs of success, researchers said Wednesday. Also called gene editing, the process acts like molecular scissors to snip off an entry portal for HIV so the…

Gene therapy promises to wipe out rare childhood diseases

A new type of gene therapy has shown promise in wiping out two rare childhood diseases, apparently without the risks of causing cancer, international researchers said Thursday. The method used an HIV virus vector and the patients’ own blood stem cells to deliver a corrected version of a faulty gene,…

New advance in gene therapy for blindness

WASHINGTON — US scientists on Wednesday reported a new advance in using gene therapy to restore eyesight in people with a rare, inherited form of blindness. The therapy, which had been previously tried in just one eye of 12 people, worked well when injected into the other eye of three…

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