September 01, 2016

Science in the World of Gene Editing and Gene Therapy

For much of the last century, the choice of a therapeutic for many diseases has been to use drugs selected on the basis of the predicted response of the majority of patients to that particular drug. Although this “one drug fits all” paradigm has been a mainstay of medical practice, over the years it has been demonstrated that many patients with the same disease respond differently to various common drug regimens and that the genetic makeup of the individual patient likely plays a significant role in these variable drug responses.1

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