Gene Therapy for Battered Brains?

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The new technologies of genetic engineering offer to replace or modify 'faulty' genes. Somatic therapy is intended to correct the genes only in the patient being treated; germ-line therapy - currently illegal - will alter subsequent generations too. Can such treatments be developed to cure or prevent Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or Huntington's diseases, or even rectify the damage caused to brains by stroke of accident? And if so, what are the ethical implications?

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Professor Steven Rose

Professor of Physic

Professor Steven Rose is a Professor of Biology and Neurobiology at the Open University and University of London. Rose read Biochemistry at King's College, Cambridge and Neurobiology at Cambridge and the Institute...

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Professor Hilary Rose

Professor of Physic

Hilary Rose has published extensively in the sociology of science from a feminist perspective and has held numerous appointments in the UK, USA, Australia, Austria, Norway, Finland and at the Swedish...

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