Cell Mates?

“We don’t entirely know how to regulate, or even conceptualize of, this new generation of drugs. Should the irreversible alteration of a body be governed by different rules from those that are used for conventional pharmaceuticals? Should it be priced through an alternative structure? If your cells are being genetically modified and reinfused into you, who should we say owns them? Once the cellular therapy has been created, could you store it by yourself—in your home freezer, if you chose—for future use? Emily Whitehead’s extra chimerized T cells are frozen inside a steel tank at the Penn hospital. Each freezer has a nickname based on a ‘Simpsons’ character. Hers is called ‘Krusty the Clown.'” The New Yorker’s Siddhartha Mukherjee with an interesting look at The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies.

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