What’s wrong with gene therapy?

Sam Westreich, PhD
Sep 24, 2018 · 9 min read
That liquid is full of GENES. Are we capable of intervening genetically to improve ourselves? Photo by Louis Reed.

For the last few years, every week brings a new headline with tantalizing breakthroughs in gene therapy. Each fawning science article promises that a genetic solution to aging, disease, and cancer is just around the corner.

Yet here I sit, growing older and unhealthier by the minute. Where’s my magical pill to cure all diseases? Why aren’t we curing cancer patients by giving them a shot of magical…