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Gene therapy gets closer to a 'cure'

Success stories, and fewer risks

Gene therapy helped Corey Haas, 8, regain some sight. He has a rare disease that was causing him to go blind. Gene therapy helped Corey Haas, 8, regain some sight. He has a rare disease that was causing him to go blind. (COURTESY OF ETHAN HAAS)
By Carolyn Y. Johnson
Globe Staff / February 28, 2009

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Two decades ago, medicine seemed on the cusp of a revolution. Doctors would soon treat diseases at their very roots, inserting "good" genes to replace patients' faulty ones. Gene therapy was a seductively straightforward idea that offered promise for treating everything from cancer to sickle cell disease. (Full article: 1087 words)

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