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Gene-altering leukemia cure may create 'living drugs'

If the FDA accepts the recommendation, the treatment will be the first gene therapy ever

Denise Gradyjuly | NYT 

A Food and Drug Administration panel opened a new era in medicine on Wednesday, unanimously recommending that the agency approve the first-ever treatment that genetically alters a patient’s own cells to fight cancer, transforming them into what scientists call “a living drug” that powerfully bolsters the immune system to shut down the disease. If the FDA accepts the recommendation, which is likely, the treatment will be the first gene therapy ever to reach the market. Others are expected: Researchers and drug companies have been engaged in intense competition for ...

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First Published: Sat, July 15 2017. 23:15 IST
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