Gene Therapy is a modern treatment which uses genes to treat or prevent genetic diseases. It is a process of which DNA is used as a drug to treat a disease by delivering therapeutic DNA into a patients cell. The mutated gene is replaced by a healthier, functional/therapeutic gene which corrects and converts the cells lacking in protein or faultiness. Our future is based behind our genes in the body and scientists are trying to move away from drugs as a solution. Gene therapy is revolutionising the world of medicine and it could be the biggest and most helpful treatment created.
Gene splicing involves removing a fragment of DNA containing the specific DNA sequenc... ... middle of paper ... ...cientist will have to learn how to turn on specific genes when a protein of enzyme is low, and off to avoid too much to ensure the delicate chemical makeup of our bodies is not disrupted. (Blachford, 467) Although there are many risks of gene therapy, the benefits remain to enticing to ignore. Gene therapy poses many risks, but may prove the ideal solution for countless diseases. As seen throughout the past few decades, gene therapy can cure genetically inherited diseases by introducing therapeutic genes into the body. Critics may argue that there are moral and ethical problems associated with this novel technique, but for the most part scientists realize the importance this advancement will have.
Gene therapy gives patients who born with diseases that are incurable to traditional medicine a permanent cure. If patients received germ-line therapy, which involves replacing disordered genes in sperms or eggs, their offspring would also have correct gene orders. The positive effect would influence the whole family. However, the safety of gene therapy should be carefully considered. First, it may cause angiogenesis, which may trigger nonfunctional vessels or stimulation of angiogenesis in ... ... middle of paper ... ...anvalues/pdf/gene-therapy.pdf [Accessed 14 July 2011] Bergeson, E. (1997) The Ethics of Gene Therapy [Online] Available at: http://www.ndsu.edu/pubweb/~mcclean/plsc431/students/bergeson.htm [Accessed 14 July 2011] Safety Issues with Gene Therapy, (2011) [Online] Available at: http://scienceray.com/biology/safety-issues-with-gene-therapy/ [Accessed 14 July 2011] Rocholl, B. Gene Therapy: Revolutionizing Medicine [Online] Available at: http://www.ndsu.edu/pubweb/~mcclean/plsc431/students/brandi.htm [Accessed 14 July 2011] Safdar, M. (2010) Gene Therapy: Advantages and Disadvantages [Online] Available at: http://www.biotecharticles.com/Genetics-Article/Gene-Therapy-Advantages-and-Disadvantages-271.html [Accessed July 17 2011] Gene Therapy for Diseases, [Online] Available at: http://www.asgct.org/about_gene_therapy/diseases.php [Accessed 21 August 2011]
A molecular biologist by the name of James Watson once said, “we used to think that the fate was in our stars, but now we know that, in large measure, our fate is in our genes.” The Oxford Dictionary defines gene therapy as the transplantation of normal genes into cells in place of missing or defective ones in order to correct genetic disorders. Gene therapy has the ability to prevent, treat, and even cure diseases by replacing a faulty gene with a stable, healthy one (American Medical Association). Aldous Huxley’s, Brave New World relates to gene therapy because they program each embryo with how they should live. This essay will first talk about why gene therapy is done and how it works. It will then inform the reader of the effects it will
Through genetic experimentation diseases could cease to plague our citizens, the world could have a new and exciting medical renaissance, and the treatments to diseases would be enduring. Every disease from cancer to arthritis to cystic fibrosis to tay sachs can all be cured through genetics. Instead of having to live with a disease like the sisters, Cate and Laura, did. The US can change the world and lives one treatment at a time. Which is why the United States should openly accept genetic medicine.
Clinical trials of gene therapy in people have revealed some success in treating things such as severe combined immune deficiency, Hemophilia, blindness caused by retinitis pigmentosa and Leukemia. In some cases, your immune system doesn't attack diseased cells because it doesn't identify them as intruders. Doctors could use gene therapy to train your immune system to recognize the cells that are a threat. Using gene therapy we can do away with these irritating diseases before they even present their first symptom. In this process, DNA that encodes a healing ... ... middle of paper ... ...ctrum of diseases from enzyme deficiencies to cancer or AIDS.
Angiogenesis works with cloned cells injections that cause cancers to shrink without harming the patient. Tumours need blood to grow, the treatment interdicts the blood vessels from developing therefore the tumour would disintegrate. There are other ways to treat cancer such as leukaemia’s, myelomas and lymphomas using stem cell transplants. Getting a donor to transplant the stem cells could be risky, however cloning a person’s own stem cells is always effective.
But the big idea is to use the cells for good by using them for research to heal people who don’t yet have a cure yet. That’s the most important thing because the scientists don’t use them for steroids or drugs, they are used to give people the hope that they can get better and improve their health. People need to accept the fact that yes, it does involve the abortion of a baby, but it used to do tremendous things for so many other people. The stem cells from aborted fetuses should be used because this is the only hope of getting better for some people. Organ damage is usually permanent and people have to live with it for the rest of their lives.
Human Cloning Should be Permitted What would you say if I told you that scientists had just developed a new procedure that could lead not only to the cure for cancer, but would provide an unlimited source of organ donors and could lead to the first effective treatment of nerve damage? Now adding on to this scenario lets say that our government was taking action to ban this new procedure because of a few myths and some loud mouthed conservatives. This scenario is true and is taking place with human cloning at this very moment. If you don't act fast this crowning achievement of medical science could be lost forever. "This procedure will be both a contribution to science and a betterment of the human race."
Most Patients treated with only Chemotherapy will reach remission at some point but eventually will die. However the development of new treatment where chemotherapy or radiotherapy are given in addition to Monoclonal Antibodies have a higher rate of success in defeating the cancer all together. Monoclonal Antibodies are laboratory engineered molecules that are engineered to attach to a specific protein that is found only in B-cell. The immune system task is to fight invaders, however it does not always recognize the cancer as a harmful invader and does not attack it. The Monoclonal Antibody are directed to attach to a specific part of the cancer, marking the cancer cell as harmful and making it easy for the immune system to identify it and destroy it.