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Gene therapy

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Following on from the advances made in diagnosing disorders using genetic testing, this free course, Gene therapy, looks at the possibilities for genetic therapies. Two approaches to gene therapy are discussed: correcting genes involved in causing illness; and using genes to treat disorders. Before closing on a discussion of the issues around 'designer babies' somatic gene therapy and germline gene therapy are discussed.

After studying this unit you should understand:

  • some of the types of disease that might be treatable by gene therapy
  • the basic principals of genetic manipulation
  • the differences between somatic and germline gene therapy and some of the problems involved in these potential treatments
  • how genetics may be used in the design of drugs.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 4 hours
  • Updated Monday 8th July 2013
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Biology
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Gene therapy

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Following on from the advances made in diagnosing disorders using genetic testing, this unit looks at the possibilities for genetic therapies. Two approaches to gene therapy are discussed: correcting genes involved in causing illness; and using genes to treat disorders. Before closing on a discussion of the issues around 'designer babies' somatic gene therapy and germline gene therapy are discussed.

This material is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Learn about human genetics and health issues (SK195), which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this subject area [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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