The emergence of gene therapy?
Gene therapy has the potential to provide the ideal solution for treating a variety of musculoskeletal disorders. The promise of gene therapy is the ability to efficiently transfer new genetic material into patient cells to either replace defective genes or introduce therapeutic genes in order to treat disease.
To date, much of the research in gene therapy for the enhancement of spine fusion has centred on the transfer of genes-encoding BMPs and related proteins. Recombinant, osteogenic growth factors are now available to enhance bone repair, particularly in those applications related to the treatment of fracture non-unions and the enhancement of fusion of the spine. However, there is concern that a single dose of an exogenous protein will not induce an adequate osteogenic signal in many patients, particularly in those cases where there is a compromise of host bone and the surrounding soft tissue.
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