Friday, December 18, 2009

Gene therapy



A friend of mine is on the list to go to Manchester, England for gene therapy. The results in the gene testing testing period were pretty amazing-- in fact incredible when it came to brain and lung cancers.

It's really cool how this works. They take your blood and remove t-cells. Then they alter the t-cells genetically so they can seek out and isolate the t cancer cells and kill them. They clone the cells or make thousands of them over a few weeks, then inject them back into the patient. The bad cells are replaced with functional cells.

I guess it could ultimately mean no more chemotherapy or radiation or operations. And that’s something to think about.

3 comments:

  1. Wow, Brett. That's amazing. And, of course, he has to go to England for it. I guess there's no profit for the drug companies so we haven't developed anything like that here?

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  2. Interesting. I can't wait until the day this replaces other so called "therapies"

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