This just in from the WSJ.
And it’s astounding.
Scientists Use Gene Therapy
To Shrink Malignant Tumors
For the first time in the history of treating cancer, gene therapy has apparently succeeded in shrinking and even eradicating large, metastatic tumors.
The therapy worked in only two of 17 patients who were treated. But many researchers are hailing the study, which was published Thursday in the online edition of Science, as groundbreaking because it provides compelling evidence in human patients that gene therapy can be effective against one of the toughest challenges in medicine: terminal cancer.
Moreover, the technique used in this pilot study — genetically altering immune-system cells so that they target tumors — could eventually apply to many different kinds of cancers, not just the cancer that afflicted patients in this trial, which was melanoma.
Here’s a link to the entire article:
We’re waiting to see what Senator Grassley has to say.