|This article relies on references to primary sources. (December 2009)|
In 1992 Doctor Claudio Bordignon working at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan, Italy performed the first procedure of gene therapy using hematopoietic stem cells as vectors to deliver genes intended to correct hereditary diseases. This was a world first. In 2002 this work led to the publication of the first successful gene therapy treatment for adenosine deaminase deficiency (SCID). He expanded this work to stem cell gene therapy of other genetic diseases and AIDS, and for the immunotherapy of cancer.
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2) Patent: 20080286305 Antigen Transduced T Cells Used as a Delivery System for Antigens 11-20-2008