The basic science of gene therapy

Science  14 May 1993:
Vol. 260, Issue 5110, pp. 926-932
DOI: 10.1126/science.8493530


The development over the past decade of methods for delivering genes to mammalian cells has stimulated great interest in the possibility of treating human disease by gene-based therapies. However, despite substantial progress, a number of key technical issues need to be resolved before gene therapy can be safely and effectively applied in the clinic. Future technological developments, particularly in the areas of gene delivery and cell transplantation, will be critical for the successful practice of gene therapy.

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