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Gene Therapy Disdain?

Dec 13, 2008

Dr. Young:

I was a little surprised by your resent comment regarding gene therapy: "it's going to be a long time before we seen genetic therapies for HIV reach the clinic (if ever)". If ever? Really? The extremely promising work going on at Penn, UC Davis, City of Hope, etc, would indicate that there's plenty of cause for optimism. Was your (perceived) pessimism simply the view of an internist who primarily thinks about med based approaches?

Response from Dr. Young

Call me a realist.

You wouldn't know this, but I actually went to medical school for the expressed purpose of working on gene therapy and have a PhD in nucleic acid biochemistry, so I wouldn't be so quick to draw the conclusion that you have.

What I don't want is that people who need real therapies today to ignore the very real benefits of the well studied and proven treatment strategies. That said, exciting research should certainly continue.


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