Gene Therapies: Hope for the Prevention of Diseases
Gene therapies are looking to change medicine from being a treatment-based to a prevention-based practice. With new and ever-evolving genetic engineering technologies, researchers are turning to gene therapies as answers for preventing and treating many genetic diseases that currently have only symptomatic treatment or no treatment standard. Gene therapies offer promise for treating and curing a wide range of diseases, such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, heart disease, diabetes, hemophilia and AIDS.
The ultimate goal, and hope, is that every genetic disease has a gene therapy treatment. While still an experimental technique, recent gene therapy approvals from the FDA and EMA along with more than 1,000 different types of gene therapies in clinical trials, have seen a rapidly growing industry and patients potentially receiving long-awaited treatment.