Girl with leukemia in remission after gene treatment

12/10/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

A girl with acute lymphoblastic leukemia experienced remission after being treated with an experimental therapy that used a disabled form of HIV to genetically reprogram her immune system to fight the cancer. The girl is the first child to undergo the treatment, and some experts said it could someday serve in place of bone marrow transplants. Novartis has expressed interest in the treatment and has pledged $20 million to establish a research center for it at the University of Pennsylvania.

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