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Gene Therapy Success In The Laboratory Buoys Hope For Cancer Treatment And Prevention; Can Simply Swallowing A Gene Actually Treat And Prevent Cancer?

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March 14, 2001
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While the scientific jury is still out on that question, cancer geneticists and neuroscientists at Jefferson Medical College have seen stunning results in a gene therapy experiment in laboratory mice. The researchers have devised a technique to prevent and perhaps treat cancer by giving oral doses of gene therapy.

While the scientific jury is still out on that question, cancer geneticists and neuroscientists at Jefferson Medical College have seen stunning results in a gene therapy experiment in laboratory mice. Researchers, led by Carlo Croce, M.D., professor and chair of microbiology and immunology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and director of Jefferson's Kimmel Cancer Center, and Kay Huebner, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and immunology at Jefferson Medical College, have devised a technique to prevent and perhaps treat cancer by giving oral doses of gene therapy. The therapy greatly reduced the incidence of stomach cancer in animals already genetically prone to develop tumors and which had been exposed to a cancer-causing substance. While it's too early to say how effective this may be in humans, the work is another step in the development of safe and effective use of gene therapy for cancer.


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Thomas Jefferson University. "Gene Therapy Success In The Laboratory Buoys Hope For Cancer Treatment And Prevention; Can Simply Swallowing A Gene Actually Treat And Prevent Cancer?." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 14 March 2001. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/03/010301071728.htm>.
Thomas Jefferson University. (2001, March 14). Gene Therapy Success In The Laboratory Buoys Hope For Cancer Treatment And Prevention; Can Simply Swallowing A Gene Actually Treat And Prevent Cancer?. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 18, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/03/010301071728.htm
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