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Fixing Genes

Published on Jul 31, 2012 3:03 AM

Gene therapy looks close to reaching a milestone in its history of more than two decades of setbacks and failed clinical trials. This month, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended the Western world's first gene therapy for approval to treat a rare genetic disorder, lipoprotein lipase deficiency. The Straits Times looks at how gene therapy works, and its ups and downs