The Return of Gene Therapy
Gene therapy has been one of the biggest success stories of the 21st century. Genetic diseases were once seen as incurable, etched in stone (or rather, in nucleotides) within the genomes of those unfortunate enough to receive them in life’s genetic lottery. Not anymore.
Over the last few years, there has been a near constant stream of positive news around gene therapy, with treatment after treatment receiving regulatory approval, succeeding in trials, or raising vast sums to enter development. And with over 1,000 clinical trials currently underway, we may finally be witnessing the long-awaited arrival of the gene therapy revolution.
The field has had a long and often bumpy road to get to this point, with both triumph and tragedy along the way. Let’s take a look back at gene therapy’s evolution from futuristic idea to tangible treatment, and what is still to come.