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Gene Therapy

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Every day, newspapers and television news programs present stories on the latest controversies over healthcare and medical advances, but they do not have the space to provide detailed background on the issues. Websites and weblogs provide information from activists and partisans intent on presenting their side of a story. But where can students - or even ordinary citizens - go to obtain unbiased, detailed background on the medical issues affecting their daily lives? This volume in the Health and Medical Issues Today series provides readers and researchers a balanced, in-depth introduction to the medical, scientific, legal, and cultural issues surrounding gene therapy and its import in today's world of healthcare.



Gene Therapy is organized to provide researchers with easy access to the information they need. Section 1 provides overview chapters on the background information needed to intelligently understand the issues and controversies surrounding gene therapy, such as the history of theories of the gene and recent developments in clinical trials. Section 2 offers capsule examinations of the contemporary issues and debates that provoke the most heated disagreements and misunderstandings, such as whether or not humans should tinker with genetic material and who pays for genetic therapies. Section 3 includes reference material on stem cells, including primary source documents from important players in the struggle over gene therapy, a timeline of important events, and an annotated bibliography of useful print and electronic resources. This volume in the Health and Medical Issues Today series provides everything a student requires to understand the issues involved in gene therapy and provides a springboard for further research into the issue.

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Series Forewordvii
Prefaceix
Section One Scientific Background of Gene Therapy




1 Gene Therapy: A Treatment for Altered Genes

3




2 Medical and Scientific Issues in Gene Therapy

13




3 Discoveries Leading to Gene Therapy

25




4 Successes and Setbacks in the 1990's

35




5 Single-Gene Recessive Disorders

43




6 Single-Gene Traits: Dominant Disorders

55




7 X-Linked Disorders

63




8 Multigene and Traits Influenced by the Environment

73
Section Two Ethics and Regulations




9 Ethics Issues and Gene Therapy

91




10 Regulatory Actions in the United States

97




11 Gene Therapy in Other Countries

105




12 Social and Religious Issues

111




13 The Future of Gene Therapy

119
Section Three References and Resources




A Annotated Primary Source Documents

129




B Timeline for the Advance of Gene Therapy

181




C Further Reading

187




D Glossary

193
Index197

Om forfatteren

Provides an introduction to the science and controveries behind the new medical breakthrough of gene therapy.Evelyn B. Kelly is a writer specializing in health and environmental topics. She is a co-author of The Skeletal System volume in the Greenwood Human Body Systems series and the author of the Stem Cells volume in the Health and Medical Issues Today series.