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Dr. James Wilson is a professor in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine, and the director of the gene therapy program, at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the editor of Human Gene Therapy, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. During this interview with GEN, Dr. Wilson discusses his concept of a disruptive technology and explains why he believes gene therapy falls into this category.
In addition to this SKYPE interview, Dr. Wilson further elaborated on his view of gene therapy as a disruptive technology in a column in the January 2012 issue of Human Gene Therapy which you can access by clicking here.
Inside The World's Most Powerful New Microscopes
Scientists have come up with new ways to hack the physics of light, inventing powerful microscopes.
CRISPR-Cas9: The Key to Fighting Genetic Disease?
The CRISPR-Cas9 system has brought medical research closer to finding a cure for many diseases, including sickle cell anemia, HIV, cancer, Huntington's disease and more.
Engineered E. Coli: Diagnostic & Therapeutic Tools
In this animation, see an example of how genetically engineered microbes being developed by researchers at the Wyss Institute could detect and treat a wide range of gastrointestinal illnesses and conditions.
Epigenome: The Symphony in Your Cells
Almost every cell in your body has the same DNA sequence. So how come a heart cell is different from a brain cell? Cells use their DNA code in different ways, depending on their jobs. Just like orchestras can perform one piece of music in many different ways.
Microscope Technique Brings Big Resolution at Low Temperatures
New advances in electron microscopy reveal molecular structures at resolutions useful for drug discovery.
Rat Tissue Decellularization
Over a period of 52 hours, infusion of a detergent solution removes cells from a rat forelimb, leaving behind the cell-free matrix scaffolding onto which new tissues can be regenerated. For more on regenerative medicine, read this featured article from GEN's June 15 issue.
Wyss Human Organs-On-Chips will be on display at The Museum of Modern Art in New York until January 2016. This video shows how the design of the chips allow them to emulate organ–level functions.
Johns Hopkins Researchers Find Caffeine Enhances Memory
For many people, caffeine consumption is the energy boost of choice to wake up or stay up. But researchers at the Johns Hopkins University have found another use for the stimulant: memory enhancer.
Detecting Rare Cancer Cells with Sound Waves
A team of engineers from MIT, Penn State University, and Carnegie Mellon University is developing a novel way to isolate rare circulating tumor cells using sound waves to separate them from blood cells.
3D Heart Simulation
Researchers from the University of Tokyo built a 3D model of the human heart to help predict whether new drugs will cause irregular heartbeats.