Friday, December 18, 2009

Gene therapy

A friend of mine is on the list to go to Manchester, England for gene therapy. The results in the gene testing testing period were pretty amazing-- in fact incredible when it came to brain and lung cancers.

It's really cool how this works. They take your blood and remove t-cells. Then they alter the t-cells genetically so they can seek out and isolate the t cancer cells and kill them. They clone the cells or make thousands of them over a few weeks, then inject them back into the patient. The bad cells are replaced with functional cells.

I guess it could ultimately mean no more chemotherapy or radiation or operations. And that’s something to think about.


  1. Wow, Brett. That's amazing. And, of course, he has to go to England for it. I guess there's no profit for the drug companies so we haven't developed anything like that here?

  2. Interesting. I can't wait until the day this replaces other so called "therapies"