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Medical Therapy

A number of biotechnology approaches are being used for medical therapy. These include:

  • Modifying cells within the body. A particularly new aspect of biotechnology. Some examples include:
    • Adding new genes to existing cells to treat diseases caused by inborn errors in metabolism.
    • Growing replacement tissue or organs in the laboratory and implanting them as replacement parts. This technique, though more speculative than the first example, is still within the realm of possibilities.
    • Controlled use of mechanical stimulation and electromagnetic fields to influence cell proliferation and/or selective synthesis. This synthesis can enable non-invasive treatment of disease and injury.


  • Affinity separation of biomolecules from complex mixtures and the creation of biologically-benign surfaces for:
    • Eliminating cancerous cells.
    • Purifying bone marrow for transplantation.
    • Creating ultra-pure molecules, such as pharmaceuticals.


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   Master of Biotechnology Program Office
   220 S. 33rd Street, Room 311A
   University of Pennsylvania
   Philadelphia, PA 19104-6391


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