China Legalizes the World's First Gene Therapy Medication

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Cancer Gene Therapy World's First to Market
Gabe Romain
Betterhumans Staff
Thursday, November 20, 2003, 4:27:07 PM CT

Thursday, November 20, 2003, 4:27:07 PM CT

The world's first commercially available gene therapy medication will soon be treating head and neck cancer in China.

Edison, New Jersey-based research equipment manufacturer New Brunswick Scientific announced that approval to produce the medication for treating head and neck squamous cell carcinoma has been granted to China's Shenzhen SiBiono Gene Technologies.

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Monique
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Well, the correct thing to say is: "It is the first gene therapy drug in the world approved for sale in what is predicted to be a $100 million market in 2004."

The first and successfull gene therapy trial already took place on September 14 1990 on the disease ADA SCID.

I wonder though, how and what are they doing? They are using adenoviruses as the vector, these are not permanent and will disappear from the bodies' cells. So this is not genetic engineering per se, for those who are wondering. It IS a helpfull measure to complement conventional treatment, I imagine..
 

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