Gene Therapy

Gene Therapy

Author: Aaron Mullally

This lesson will introduce the concept of gene therapy and examine how it can be used by the medical industry to treat various diseases and disorders.

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Notes on "Gene Therapy"


(00:00-01:50) Key Terms

(01:51-04:14) Transfection

(04:15-05:46) Pros of Gene Therapy

(05:47-08:31) Cons of Gene Therapy

Source: Aaron M

  • Gene Therapy

    The process of replacing mutated genes with normally functioning genes. Gene therapy can be done directly or with vectors (virus).

  • Transformation

    Using cells in a lab that are grown in certain environments and exposing them to certain DNA in order to express a specific gene.

  • Transfection

    A gene is inserted into a vector (virus) and injected into a person; the virus will deliver the gene into the host cells.