Gene and Cell Therapy FAQ’s
American Society of Gene + Cell Therapy
Explore some of the most common questions raised by the general public regarding gene therapy and cell therapy.
One example of an FAQ is “What is the difference between gene therapy and cell therapy?” Gene therapy involves the transfer of genetic material, usually in a carrier or vector, and the uptake of the gene into the appropriate cells of the body. Cell therapy involves the transfer of cells with the relevant function into the patient.
Some protocols utilize both gene therapy and cell therapy. In this case, stem cells are isolated from the patient, genetically modified in tissue culture to express a new gene, expanded to sufficient numbers, and then returned to the patient.