“Look mom, no batteries?”
Coming soon to your local hospital ‘ Biological Humans’
Trying gene therapy to create biological pacemaker
It’s a different type of gene therapy, and a few other genes that might switch one cell type to another are under early study to treat deafness and diabetes, Marban said.
It’s not clear how long these newly reprogrammed cells would keep working
Also, the gene was delivered by putting it into a virus engineered to disappear relatively soon afterward. The Texas pair noted that some virus particles landed in the lung and spleen, and that longer studies are needed to rule out safety concerns.