Gene therapies can be a miracle cure – except when our immune systems won’t let them

January 19, 2019
Hertz Staff

What happens when you’re immune to the virus that’s supposed to cure you? Gene therapies promise to be a permanent cure at the genetic level for many diseases, but they’re typically delivered with adeno-associated viruses (AAVs) – which a brief childhood infection can grant us immunity to.

Hertz Fellow David Schaffer is working to change that – by evolving viruses that can get around patients’ immune systems.

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