BOOK REVIEW: The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It by Ricki Lewis

Review by Alexandra Witze

By Science News, 13:08 PM March 22, 2012

Gene therapy, long heralded as the savior of those suffering from rare genetic disorders, has a lot to thank Corey Haas for. Haas was 8 years old when, in 2008, doctors injected engineered viruses into his eyes in an attempt to cure his hereditary blindness. It worked, and that success swept away shadows that had haunted gene therapy for nearly two decades.

Genetics writer Ricki Lewis uses Haas’ story to bookend the checkered history of gene therapy—the idea of replacing a defective gene wi...

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