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Recent advances in fetal gene therapy
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    Journal article
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    Journal Article
  • Authors:
    Buckley SMK, Rahim AA, Chan JKY, David AL, Peebles DM, Coutelle C, Waddington SN
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    461, 469
  • Journal:
    Therapeutic Delivery
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Over the first decade of this new millennium gene therapy has demonstrated clear clinical benefits in several diseases for which conventional medicine offers no treatment. Clinical trials of gene therapy for single gene disorders have recruited predominantly young patients since older subjects may have suffered irrevocable pathological changes or may not be available because the disease is lethal relatively early in life. The concept of fetal gene therapy is an extension of this principle in that diseases in which irreversible changes occur at or before birth can be prevented by gene supplementation or repair in the fetus or associated maternal tissues. This article considers the enthusiasm and skepticism held for fetal gene therapy and its potential for clinical application. It covers a spectrum of candidate diseases for fetal gene therapy including Pompe disease, Gaucher disease, thalassemia, congenital protein C deficiency and cystic fibrosis. It outlines successful and not-so-successful examples of fetal gene therapy in animal models. Finally the application and potential of fetal gene transfer as a fundamental research tool for developmental biology and generation of somatic transgenic animals is surveyed. © 2011 Future Science Ltd.
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