ICYMI: September 1, 2017

September 1, 2017

Feature Story

FDA Approves First Gene Therapy Treatment For Cancer

WEDNESDAY, August 30, 2017 (TIME) — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) followed the advice of its advisory committee and approved a breakthrough treatment for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) on Wednesday. It’s the first gene therapy approved in the U.S.

Dr. Carl June, director of the center for cellular immunotherapies at University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center, who pioneered the therapy, was still emotional an hour after receiving the news of the approval in an email.

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