Geneticist’s take on cystic fibrosis gene therapy

I’m at the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy annual meeting, one of my favorite conferences. The very first talk provided a great example of why it is taking gene therapy so long to reach the clinic — a milestone that hasn’t happened yet in the U.S. The first gene therapy experiment was 24 years ago.

For the first talk, Uta Griesenbach, PhD subbed last minute for Eric Alton, MD to present progress in a phase 2b double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial of gene transfer (that’s what gene therapy is technically called before results indicate it works) to treat cystic fibrosis (CF). It’s “wave 1” of the effort from the UK Cystic Fibrosis Gene Therapy Consortium, in which more than 80 researchers are participating.

Read the full, original story: A Checklist for Gene Therapy From the UK Cystic Fibrosis Trial

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