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US approves first gene therapy for cancer

MIAMI: The United States approved the first gene therapy in the nation on Wednesday -- a treatment that uses a patient's own immune cells to fight leukemia -- opening a new era in the fight against cancer. The treatment is made by Novartis and is called Kymriah, (tisagenlecleucel). This type of immunotherapy, known as a CAR-T cell therapy, was known by CTL019 until now. It was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for children and young adult patients up to age 25 with a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia…