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Medicine    October 14, 2015
Gene Therapy May Be Our Newest — and Most Effective — Weapon Against Alzheimer’s Disease
Posted by Shelly Fan

In 2001, a team of neurologists at UC San Diego began testing a highly experimental treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

The process sounds far more sci-fi than science: Using tiny pieces of skin taken from the backs of eight patients with Alzheimer’s disease, the team isolated a long-living type of connective tissue cells. Then — using a virus as a delivery system — they genetically modified the cells to synthesize and secrete a potential therapeutic protein known as NGF, effectively turning the cells into little biological drug minipumps.

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