The Journal Of The American Society Of Gene Therapy Essay

732 Words Nov 24th, 2015 3 Pages
In Charles Davenport’s book Eugenics, the Science of Human Improvement by Better Breeding he quotes, “Two imbecile parents, whether related or not, have only imbecile offspring.” (Davenport 28) However, the field of genetics as developed a technique that could eventually allow selection of particular traits to show in offspring that is not related to the parent’s genetic disposition. This technique is called gene therapy and is specifically linked to genetic engineering. Genes provide the instructions for the cell’s organelles to make all of its proteins. However, genes can be damaged by environmental or natural factors which can cause the malfunction in the proteins of the cell. Gene therapy is a type of treatment that is currently being used to fight disease by the process of altering the patient’s genes. This is possible by intravenously injecting a vector that contains the normal copy of the gene to restore the function of the damage protein within the cell. In 2014 the book Molecular Therapy: The Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy published a section particularly in gene therapy being used for the treatment of cystic fibrosis. The results of this study for clinical use were not successful. (“How Does Gene…”) However, the research indicated that if the vectors were to reach the target cells it would improve clinical outcomes. Research must continue in developing a vector that can penetrate through the barriers of the cells in the lung. Genetic researchers…

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