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Cecie Starr + 3 others
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781337408332

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Cecie Starr + 3 others
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781337408332
Chapter 15, Problem 14SQ
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_____ can correct a genetic defect in an individual.

  1. a. Cloning vectors
  2. b. Gene therapy
  3. c. Sequencing
  4. d. Electrophoresis

Summary Introduction

Introduction: Gene therapy refers to the insertion of a recombinant DNA fragment into an individual’s cells to eliminate a genetic disorder or cure a disease.

Explanation of Solution

Reason for correct answer:

Several diseases are caused by the presence of a mutated or defective gene or gene function. Some of such diseases can be cured by gene therapy approach. Gene therapy involves the therapeutic use of recombinant DNA fragments by inserting them into cells of an individual having a genetic disorder or disease with intent to eliminate the disease.

Hence, the correct answer is option b.

Reasons for the incorrect answers:

Option a. is given as, “cloning vectors”.

Cloning vectors are molecules, such as plasmids, that are used to transfer foreign DNA into host cells for cloning. They are only vehicles that are used to insert DNA segments into targeted DNA molecules, thus they cannot correct a genetic defect...

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