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FDA Approves First Gene Therapy in US to Treat Leukemia

In a groundbreaking announcement, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first treatment that uses genetic engineering of human cells to fight a disease, CBS News reports. Scientists hope to fight childhood leukemia with the new process, which uses patients’ own blood cells to “turbocharge” T cells, which zero in on, and fight, the cancer. Doctors said the first child treated with the therapy was near death five years ago, but is now cancer-free. While...

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