, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp 375–378 | Cite as

Human gene therapy: possibilities and limitations

  • Hj. Müller


Gene therapy provides new options for medicine, and implies new responsibilities for making decisions relating to the limitations which reason and morality impose upon manipulation of the human genome for the benefit both of patients and of society. This contribution outlines the possibilities and limits of gene therapy in man from a medico-technical viewpoint.

Key words

Human gene therapy medical and ethical issues hereditary diseases gene transfer systems in vitro fertilization embryo transfer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hj. Müller
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Human GeneticsUniversity Children's HospitalBasel
  2. 2.Laboratory of Human GeneticsDept. of Research of the University Clinics, KantonsspitalBasel(Switzerland)

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