Recent reviews by Clay Smith (1992) in this journal and by W. French Anderson (1990) and A. Dusty Miller (1992) have described the technologies used for gene transfer, the potential applications of the approach, and the safety issues that require consideration. This review will have a narrower focus. It will deal specifically with current and forthcoming clinical protocols for gene transfer into hemopoietic progenitor cells, because a major goal of gene therapy for malignant and nonmalignant disease is to transfer and express genes on a long-term basis in these cells or their progeny.
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