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Gene Therapy on Trial

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Science  12 May 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5468, pp. 951-957
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5468.951

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A flurry of reports and congressional hearings, sparked by the death of a volunteer in a study at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia last fall, are due in the next few weeks. The Penn episode points up a central problem: The field still lacks an ideal vector. Many clinicians fear that support for gene therapy will buckle under the onslaught.