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Gene therapy is one of those medical "breakthroughs" that has unfortunately failed to live up to expectations. Several clinical trials, usually involving inherited diseases caused by defects in single genes, have ended in failure and, in at least one case, the death of patients.

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Genetic mutations linked to childhood obesity

Scientists identify four DNA variations which may explain why some children become obese

Men could receive routine saliva test for prostate cancer within five years

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Men could receive routine saliva test within five years, after pan-European research

A genetic mutation triggered by the obesity epidemic could lie behind the dramatic increase in a type of cancer

Obesity may be behind big rise in cancer of the gullet

Heartburn also linked to condition which is killing more British males every year

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Cancer halted in five patients after treatment with own genetically modified cells

Results of the early-stage trial demonstrate that it may be possible to use the gene-therapy technique to control cancers in relapsed patients

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