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What's Hot in PD? Update on Gene Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Monday, November 3, 2008
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

A common question asked by many patients and families afflicted with Parkinson’s disease is, “what is gene therapy?” Quite simply, gene therapy is placing genetic information (DNA) into the cells and tissues of humans with Parkinson’s disease. In the purest form a defective part of the genome is replaced with a new copy. Perhaps the most interesting part of the evolving story of gene therapy has been the use of a virus as a vector to carry the genetic information into the brain.

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