William French Anderson (born December 31, 1936) is an American physician, geneticist and molecular biologist. He is known as the Father of Gene Therapy. He graduated from Harvard College in 1958, Trinity College, Cambridge University (England) in 1960, and from Harvard Medical School in 1963. In 1990 he was the first person to succeed in carrying out gene therapy by treating a 4-year-old girl suffering from severe combined immunodeficiency (a disorder called "bubble boy disease"). In 2006, he was convicted of sexual abuse of a minor and in 2007 was sentenced to 14 years in prison. He was paroled on May 17, 2018, for good behavior.
William French Anderson
Harvard Medical School
Trinity College, Cambridge University
|Known for||Contributions to gene therapy|
|Conviction(s)||Lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14 (three counts)|
Continuous sexual abuse (one count)
|Criminal penalty||14 years imprisonment|
Early life and educationEdit
Anderson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His father was a civil engineer, his mother was a journalist and writer, and he had two older sisters. His was a very happy childhood. He was recognized in high school for his scholarship, interest in science, and prowess on the track team. He won an Honorable Mention in the Westinghouse Science Talent Search for a project demonstrating how Roman numerals could be used in arithmetical procedures. He was a 1954 graduate of Tulsa Central High School.
Anderson went to Harvard College, where he published several papers as an undergraduate: his high school work on Roman numerals in classical philology in 1956, arithmetical operations using Minoan linear B numerals in the American Journal of Archaeology in 1958, a physical chemistry research paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society in 1958, and a research study on the effects of irradiation on DNA in the Journal of Cellular and Comparative Physiology in 1961. In its March 19, 1956 issue, Time magazine called Anderson a "Harvard Prodigy" for his research work on ancient numerical systems. He graduated from Harvard in 1958, and spent two years at Trinity College, Cambridge University (England), where he obtained an M.A., worked in the laboratory of Francis Crick, won a Full Blue on the track team, and met, and in 1961 married Kathy, who was a fellow medical student at Cambridge.
He returned to Harvard, to the medical school, and was joined there by Kathy a year later. Anderson graduated in 1963 and spent a year internship in pediatric medicine at Children's Hospital in Boston. His wife graduated in 1964 and went on to have a very distinguished career in pediatric surgery. Anderson, after his intern year, spent a year conducting bacterial genetics research at Harvard Medical School and published his work in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA in 1965.
Anderson then spent two years, 1965–1967, in the laboratory of Marshall Nirenberg at the National Institutes of Health, where he helped finish the decipherment of the genetic code. Nirenberg rewarded his efforts by allowing him to make the first public presentation of the final genetic code before an audience of approximately 2,000 scientists at the April 1966, meeting of FASEB in Atlantic City. After his successful post-doctoral fellowship with Nirenberg, Anderson was given his own laboratory in the NIH in July 1967. He made clear from the beginning that his goal was to develop a way to give a normal gene to children with a genetic defect in order to cure the genetic disease. He, therefore, decided to begin by studying human disease on the molecular level. Over his career he has published more than 400 research papers, 39 editorials, and 5 books, and has received numerous awards and honors including 5 honorary doctorate degrees.
Discovery of eukaryotic protein synthesis initiation factorsEdit
As Anderson began his own career, protein synthesis in bacteria was at the forefront of molecular biology research. He set out to discover protein synthesis initiation factors in mammals. His first major accomplishment, in 1970, was the isolation from rabbit reticulocytes (immature red blood cells) of several factors that initiated hemoglobin synthesis on reticulocyte ribosomes. It was later learned that these factors also initiated protein synthesis in essentially all eukaryotic systems.
Development of a cell-free protein synthesizing systemEdit
In order to isolate the predicted molecule "messenger RNA", a cell-free protein synthesizing system of mRNA-free ribosomes was needed. Initially, a cell-free tRNA-dependent protein synthesizing system was developed from rabbit reticulocytes ribosomes, using the endogenous mRNA on the ribosomes. An analogous system was developed with human reticulocyte ribosomes.
Isolation of human messenger RNAEdit
A procedure was developed for stripping the putative mRNA from the ribosomes. This ribosomal wash from rabbit reticulocyte ribosomes was incubated in a cell-free system and rabbit hemoglobin was produced. The procedure for stripping endogenous mRNA from rabbit reticulocyte ribosomes was used on human reticulocyte ribosomes to obtain human globin mRNA.
Synthesis of normal and mutant globin proteins using human globin mRNAEdit
Stripped rabbit reticulocyte ribosomes were programmed with mRNA isolated from thalassemia, sickle cell anemia, or normal human reticulocytes. The rabbit ribosome cell-free system was able to produce normal human globin from normal human mRNA, sickle cell globin from sickle cell mRNA, and the abnormal alpha/beta globin chain abnormality of thalassemia from thalassemia mRNA.
Microinjection of globin DNA into mammalian cell nucleiEdit
As a first approach for developing a human gene therapy procedure, standard microinjection techniques were modified to permit the injection of DNA plasmids into the nucleus of mammalian cells. Human globin genes were microinjected into mouse fibroblasts and into mouse oocytes and shown to express human globin mRNA.
Microinjecting a few non-stem cells was clearly not an efficient procedure for a clinical protocol. In 1984, Anderson published a major review in Science in which he analyzed the "Prospects for Human Gene Therapy" and concluded that the most promising approach was to use retroviral vectors as a delivery vehicle. He immediately established a close, long-term collaboration with one of the top retroviral vector scientists: Eli Gilboa, then at Princeton. Together they developed vectors that could efficiently carry a gene package into mouse or human cells in culture.
The most efficient vector, N2, carrying a neomycin resistance gene, was used to transduce mouse bone marrow cells. The N2-transduced cells were injected into lethally irradiated mice where they repopulated the marrow. The presence and expression of the N2 vector could be detected in the repopulated mouse bone marrow cells by testing for the resistance of the marrow cells to the toxic antibiotic neomycin.
Successful gene therapy of a human patientEdit
Attempting to perform gene therapy by inserting recombinant DNA into a human being was extremely controversial after an illegal attempt was made in 1980. Anderson, together with bioethicist John Fletcher, set the ethical standard for this type of clinical protocol in his 1980 article in The New England Journal of Medicine entitled: "Gene Therapy In Human Beings: When Is It Ethical To Begin?" An extensive regulatory process was established during the late 1980s, including the creation of the Human Gene Therapy Subcommittee as a first round of regulatory oversight. Only after approval by that formal public governmental review did the gene therapy clinical protocol move on for review by the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC), the FDA, and other ethics/regulatory committees. The media followed every step closely.
Anderson teamed with Michael Blaese, a prominent immunologist in the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and Steven Rosenberg, a prominent cancer surgeon and immunotherapy advocate, also in the NCI. The initial protocol was a safety study where only the N2 vector, previously shown to be safe when used in non-human primates, was administered to cancer patients, on Rosenberg's NCI clinical cancer service, who volunteered for the study. A full "gene therapy" regulatory review was carried out. The clinical protocol began on May 22, 1989, and included 10 patients. The procedure was shown to be safe. Rosenberg went on to develop gene therapy/immunotherapy clinical protocols for cancer.
Anderson and Blaese carried out the first gene therapy protocol, on a 4-year-old girl, named Ashanthi DeSilva, who was critically ill with adenosine deaminase deficiency severe combined immunodeficiency disease (ADA SCID). Preliminary studies included development of a retroviral vector containing the ADA gene together with additional safety features, creation of ADA deficient human T cell lines used for testing ADA vectors, and creation of a biotechnology company, Genetic Therapy Inc., to manufacture the ADA vector, called LASN, under strict GMP FDA requirements. Anderson also created, and became editor-in-chief of, a new journal, Human Gene Therapy, in 1990. This new journal published not only original scientific research papers but also articles on ethical and regulatory issues relating to gene therapy.
Ashanthi received her first infusion of cells on September 14, 1990, with no complications. She received 10 more infusions over the next 2 years. Her immune evaluation studies became normal and she became healthy with no major infections. A thorough immune status follow-up was done after 12 years: she remained healthy with 20% of her lymphocytes still carrying an active retroviral ADA gene – a sufficient percentage to ensure immunologic protection. She is now 33 years old, married, and works as a journalist and writer.
Late career research projectsEdit
In 1992, Anderson followed his wife to Los Angeles, where she accepted the position of chief of surgery at Los Angeles Children's Hospital. He became professor of biochemistry and pediatrics at the University of Southern California (USC). Anderson maintained his intense interest in gene therapy and was able to develop a retroviral gene therapy vector that could target the collagen matrix surrounding cancer nodules. He wrote a number of reviews of gene therapy in both the scientific literature and in the popular literature.
Anticipating the value of lab-on-a-chip technology for the molecular analysis of individual cells, Anderson joined forces with Stephen Quake, professor of applied physics at California Institute of Technology. Quake was developing lab-on-a-chip technology using soft polymers. Anderson became a visiting associate in applied physics at Caltech from 2001 to 2006, while maintaining his USC positions, and succeeded in developing an improved microfluidic valve that was patented and has become the core of soft polymer lab-on-a-chip devices.
His final project before he was arrested was the discovery and identification of a factor in the serum of irradiated animals that could rescue lethally irradiated animals even 24 hours after the irradiation. Purification from the serum demonstrated that the factor was Interleukin 12. During the 12 years that Anderson has been in prison, IL-12 has been shown to potentially be a very important adjuvant drug in cancer treatment.
Other activities that have played a major role in Anderson's life are sports, sports medicine, and forensic medicine.
Track – Anderson has been a competitive runner his entire life primarily at the 400-meter distance. He still competes in age-oriented local and regional track meets.
Martial Arts – Anderson is a 5th-degree black belt in Taekwondo and was certified a Master in 1988 by the Kukkiwon in Seoul Korea. In the mid-1990s, he missed competing and, since Taekwondo did not have a senior division, he acquired a black belt in karate. He then competed in the AAU national karate competition, and, in 1998, was national champion in sparring in the oldest age division. He also taught martial arts for 20 years.
Anderson has been a ring doctor and tournament doctor in a large number of competitions. In 1981, he became the Team Physician for the National Taekwondo Team, and was also the team physician at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul Korea when Taekwondo became an Olympic sport. He has written several sports medicine articles on prevention and treatment of taekwondo injuries. In addition, he was chairman of the medical committee of the World Taekwondo Federation from 1985 to 1988.
Anderson is best known in forensic medicine for his forensic analysis of the famous April 11, 1986, FBI firefight which, at the time, was the deadliest firefight in the history of the FBI. His analysis, privately printed in 1996, was accepted by the FBI as the official version, and every new FBI agent was given a copy of his report. After 10 years, the FBI allowed Anderson to make the report public, and it was published with a new foreword by Paladin Press in 2006.
Anderson also published a forensic analysis of the Warren Earp killing, as well as a study of the bruises beneath soft body armor when bullets of various calibers strike a person wearing the armor.
Sexual abuse convictionEdit
Anderson was arrested on July 30, 2004, on allegations of sexual abuse of a minor girl. He was convicted and jailed on July 19, 2006, of three counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14, and one count of continuous sexual abuse. On February 2, 2007, he was sentenced to 14 years in prison and ordered to pay $68,000 in restitution, fines, and fees. The victim was the daughter of his senior lab scientist and business partner. The jury was played a sting meeting recording between Anderson and the victim in which Anderson is heard to say a number of damaging statements. He lost all his appeals through the court system, and served his entire sentence, which was shortened based on good behavior. He was released from prison on May 17, 2018, and is currently serving a 5-year parole.
Development of Iron Chelators for Clinical Use. Anderson, W.F. and Hiller, H.C., eds., DHEW Publ. No. (NIH) 76-994, 1976.
Fourth Cooley's Anemia Symposium. Anderson, W.F.; Bank, A.; Zaino, E.C., eds., Ann. NY Acad. Sci., Vol. 344, 1980.
Development of Iron Chelators for Clinical Use: Proceedings of the Second Symposium. Martell, A.E.; Anderson, W.F.; Badman, D., eds., Elsevier-North Holland, New York, 1981.
Fifth Cooley's Anemia Symposium. Bank, A.; Anderson, W.F.; Zaino, E.C., eds., Ann. NY Acad. Sci., Vol. 445, 1985.
Awards and honorsEdit
|1954-1964||Harvard National Scholarship|
|1957-1958||Francis H. Burr Scholar of Harvard University|
|1958-1959||Charles Henry Fiske Ill Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge University, England|
|1959-1960||Knox Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge University, England|
|1977||The Thomas B. Cooley Award for Scientific Achievement, awarded by the Cooley's Anemia Blood and Research Foundation for Children|
|1991||The 1991 Mary Ann Liebert Biotherapeutics Award|
|1991||Ralph R. Braund Award in Cancer Research, University of Tennessee|
|1992||Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, University of Oklahoma|
|1992||1992 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, awarded by the Federal Laboratory Consortium, Executive Branch, U.S. Government|
|1992||Myron Karon Memorial Lectureship, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA|
|1993||Distinguished Scientist Lecture, International and American Associations for Dental Research|
|1993||Plenary Lecture, 17th International Congress of Genetics|
|1993||CIBA-Drew Award in Biomedical Research|
|1993||The National Hemophilia Foundation – Dr. Murray Thelin Award|
|1994||The King Faisal International Prize in Medicine|
|1994||Runner up: Time magazine Man-of-the-Year|
|1995||Keynote Lecture, Gene Therapy and Molecular Medicine Conference, Keystone Symposia|
|1995||The National Biotechnology Award, Oxford Bioscience Partners|
|1995||Sheen Award, National Westminster Bank|
|1996||Genesis Award, Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics, USC|
|1996||1996 Humanitarian Award, National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD)|
|1996||Tribute Symposium "ln Utero Stem Cell Transplantation and Gene Therapy, A Scientific Symposium in Honor of: W. French Anderson, M.D. and George Stamatoyannopoulos, M.D., Dr. Sci".|
|1996||Keynote Speaker, Inauguration Programme, San Raffaele Biomedical Science Park Congress Centre, Milan Italy|
|1998||Inductee, Oklahoma Hall of Fame|
|2002||Hamdan International Award for Medical Excellence|
|2003||Coudert Institute Award for Medical Sciences|
|2003||Pioneers of Molecular Biology, Time magazine|
|2003||Honorary Professor, Sun Vat-sen University Cancer Center, Guangzhou, China|
|2003||Honorary Professor, Peking Union Medical Center, Beijing China|
|2004||Profiles in Science, National Library of Medicine, NIH|
- Burke, Bob and Barry Epperson (2003). W. French Anderson: Father of Gene Therapy. Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Heritage Association. ISBN 1885596251. OCLC 52290918.
- Lyon, Jeff and Peter Gomer (1995), Altered Fates: Gene Therapy and the Retooling of Human Life, W.W. Norton & Company, ISBN 0393315282
- Thompson, Larry (1994), Correcting The Code: Inventing the Genetic Cure for the Human Body, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 0-671-77082-9
- Anderson, W.F.: Arithmetical computations in Roman numerals. Classical Philology, LI: 145-150, 1956.
- Anderson, W.F.: Arithmetical procedure in Minoan linear A and in Minoan-Greek linear B. Amer. J. Archaeology, 62: 363-368, 1958.
- Anderson, W.F.; Bell, J.A.; Diamond, J.M., Wilson, K.R.: Rate of thermal isomerization of cis-butene-2. J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 80: 2384-2386, 1958.
- Marmur, J.; Anderson, W.F.; Matthews, L.; Berns, K.; Gajewska, E.; Lane, D.; Doty, P.: The effects of ultraviolet light on the biological and physical chemical properties of deoxyribonucleic acids. J. Cell. and Comp. Physiol., Suppl. 1, 58: 33-55, 1961.
- "The Prodigies", Time magazine, March 19, 1956, page 83
- Anderson, W.F.; Gorini, L.; Breckenridge, l.: Role of ribosomes in streptomycin activated suppression. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 54: 1076-1083, 1965.
- Nirenberg, M.; Caskey, T.; Marshall, R.; Brimacombe, R.; Kellogg, D.; Doctor, B.; Hatfield, D.; Levin, J.; Rottman, F.; Pestka, S.; Wilcox, M.; Anderson, W.F.: The RNA code and protein synthesis. Cold Spring Harb. Symp. Quant. Biol., 31: 11-24, 1966.
- Prichard, P.M.; Gilbert, J.M.; Shafritz, D.A.; Anderson, W.F.: Factors for the initiation of haemoglobin synthesis by rabbit reticulocyte ribosomes. Nature, 226: 511-514, 1970.
- Gilbert, J.M. and Anderson, W.F.: Cell-free hemoglobin synthesis, II. Characteristics of the transfer ribonucleic acid-dependent assay system. J. Biol. Chem., 245: 2342-2349, 1970.
- Gilbert, J.M.; Thornton, A.G.; Nienhuis, A.W.; Anderson, W.F.: Cell-free hemoglobin synthesis in beta-thalassemia. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 67: 1854-1861, 1970.
- Nienhuis, A.W.; Laycock, D.G.; Anderson, W.F.: Translation of rabbit haemoglobin messenger RNA by thalassemic and non-thalassemic ribosomes. Nature New Biology, 231: 205-208, 1971.
- Nienhuis, A.W. and Anderson, W.F.: Isolation and translation of hemoglobin messenger RNA from thalassemia, sickle cell anemia, and normal human reticulocytes. J. Clin. Invest., 50: 2458-2460, 1971.
- Nienhuis, A.W.; Canfield, P.H.; Anderson, W.F.: Hemoglobin messenger RNA from human bone marrow: Isolation and translation in homozygous and heterozygous thalassemia. J. Clin. Invest., 52: 1735-1745, 1973.
- Anderson, W.F. and Diacumakos, E.G.: Genetic engineering in mammalian cells. Scientific American. 245: 106-121, 1981.
- Anderson, W.F.; Killos, l.; Sanders-Haigh, L.; Kretschmer, P.J.; Diacumakos, E.G.: Replication and expression of thymidine kinase and human globin genes microinjected into mouse fibroblasts. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 77: 5399-5403, 1980.
- Humphries, R.K.; Berg, P.; DiPietro, J.; Bernstein, S.; Baur, A.; Nienhuis, A.W.; Anderson, W.F.: Transfer of human and murine globin-gene sequences into transgenic mice. Am. J. Hum. Genet.• 37: 295-310, 1985.
- Anderson, W.F., Prospects for human gene therapy. Science, 226: 401-409, 1984.
- Yu, S.-F; von Ruden, T.; Kantoff, P.; Garber, C.; Seiberg, M.; Ruther, U.; Anderson, W.F.; Wagner, E.F.; Gilboa, E.: Self-inactivating retroviral vectors designed for transfer of whole genes into mammalian cells. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 83: 3194-3198, 1986.
- Gilboa, E.; Eglitis, M.A.; Kantoff, P.W.; Anderson, W.F.: Transfer and expression of cloned genes using retroviral vectors. Bio Techniques, 4: 504-512. 1986.
- Eglitis, M.A.; Kantoff, P.; Gilboa, E.; Anderson, W.F.: Gene expression in mice after high efficiency retroviral-mediated gene transfer. Science, 230: 1395-1398, 1985.
- Anderson, W.F.; Kantoff, P.; Eglitis, M.; Mclachlin, J.; Karson, E.; Zwiebel, J.; Nienhuis, A.; Karlsson, S.; Blaese, R.M.; Kohn, D.; Gilboa, E.; Armentano, D.; Zanjani, E.D.; Flake, A.; Harrison, M.R.; Gillio, A.; Bordignon, C.; O'Reilly, R.: Gene transfer and expression in nonhuman primates using retroviral vectors. Cold Spring Harb. Symp. Quant. Biol., 51: 1073-1081, 1986.
- Kantoff, P. W.; Gillio, A.P.; Mclachlin, J. R.; Bordignon, C.; Eglitis, M.A.; Kernan, N. A.; Moen, R. C.; Kohn, D. B.; Yu, S.-F.; Karson, E.; Karlsson, S.; Zwiebel, J. A.; Gilboa, E.; Blaese, R. M.; Nienhuis, A.; O'Reilly, R. J.; Anderson, W. F.: Expression of human adenosine deaminase in nonhuman primates after retrovirus-mediated gene transfer. :!.:. Exp. Med., 166: 219-234, 1987.
- Cornetta, K.; Morgan, R.A.; Gillio, A.; Sturm, S.; Baltrucki, L.; O'Reilly, R.; Anderson, W.F.: No retroviremia in long-term follow-up of monkeys exposed to a murine amphotropic retrovirus. Hum. Gene Ther., 2: 215-219, 1991.
- Anderson, W.F. and Fletcher, J.C.: Gene therapy in human beings: When is it ethical to begin? N. Engl. J. Med., 303: 1293-1297, 1980.
- Rosenberg, S.A.; Aebersold, P.; Cornetta, K.; Kasid, A.; Morgan, R.A.; Moen, R.; Karson, E.M.; Lotze, M.T.; Yang, J.C.; Topalian, S.L.; Merino, M.J.; Culver, K.; Miller, A.O.; Blaese, M.D.; Anderson, W.F.: Gene transfer into humans--immunotherapy of patients with advanced melanoma, using tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes modified by retroviral gene transduction. N. Engl. J. Med., 323: 570-578,1990.
- Rosenberg, S.A., Anderson, W.F., Blaese, M., Hwu, P., Vannelli, J.R., Yang, J.C., Topalian, S.L., Schwartzentruber, O.J., Weber, J.S., Ettinghausen, S.E., Parkinson, D.N., White, D.E.: The development of gene therapy for the treatment of cancer. Ann. of Surg. 218: 455- 464, 1993.
- Kantoff, P.; Kohn, O.B.; Mitsuya, H.; Armentano, D.; Sieberg, M.; Zwiebel, J.A.; Eglitis, M.A.; Mclachlin, J.R.; Wiginton, D.A.; Hutton, J.J.; Horowitz, S.O.; Gilboa, E.; Blaese, R.M.; Anderson, W.F.: Correction of adenosine deaminase deficiency in human T and B cells using retroviral-mediated gene transfer. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 83: 6563-6567, 1986.
- Kohn, D.B.; Mitsuya, H.; Ballow, M.; Selegue, J.E.; Barankiewicz, J.; Cohen, A.; Gelfand, E.; Anderson, W.F.; Blaese, R.M.: Establishment and characterization of adenosine deaminase-deficient human T cell lines. J. lmmunol., 142: 3971-3977, 1989.
- Anderson, W.F.: Human Gene Therapy. Science, 256: 808-813, 1992.
- Anderson, W.F., McGarrity, G.J., Moen, R.C.: Report to the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee on murine replication-competent retrovirus (RCR) assays. Hum. Gene Ther., 4: 311-321, 1993
- Blaese, R.M., Culver, K.W., Miller, A.O., Carter, C.S., Fleisher, T., Clerici, M., Shearer, G., Chang, L., Chiang, Y., Tolstoshev, P., Greenblatt, J.J., Rosenberg, S.A., Klien, H., Berger, M., Muller, C.A., Ramsey, J.W., Muul, L., Morgan, R.A., and Anderson, W.F.: T lymphocyte-directed gene therapy for ADA deficiency SCID: Initial trial results after 4 years. Science. 270: 475-480, 1995.
- Mullen, C.A., Snitzer, K., Culver, K.W., Morgan, R.A., Anderson, W.F., Blaese, R. M.: Molecular analysis of T lymphocyte-directed gene therapy for adenosine deaminase deficiency: long-term expression in vivo of genes introduced with a retroviral vector. Hum. Gene Ther. 7:1123-1129, 1996.
- Muul, L.M., Tuschong, L.M., Soenen, S.l., Jagadeesh, G.J., Ramsey, W.J., Long, L., Carter, C.S., Garabedian, E.K., Alleyne, M., Brown, M., Bernstein, W., Schurman, S.H., Fleisher, T.A., Leitman, S.F., Dunbar, C.E., Blaese, R.M., Candotti, F.: Persistence and expression of the adenosine deaminase gene for 12 years and immune reaction to gene transfer components: long-term results of the first clinical gene therapy trial. Blood, 101:2563- 2569, 2003
- Gordon, E.M., Chen, Z.H., Liu, L., Whitley, M., Liu, l., Wei, D., Groshen, S., Hinton, D.R., Anderson, W.F., Beart, R.W., Hall, F.L.: Systemic administration of a matrix-targeted retroviral vector is efficacious for cancer gene therapy in mice. Hum. Gene. Ther.,12: 193-204, 2001.
- Anderson, W.F.: Human Gene Therapy. Nature, 392 [SUPP]: 25-30, 1998.
- Anderson, W. F.: The best of times, the worst of times. Science, 288: 627-629, 2000.
- Anderson, W.F.: Gene therapy scores against cancer. Nature Medicine 6: 862-863, 2000.
- Anderson, W.F.: Gene therapy. Sci. Amer., 273:124-128, 1995.
- Anderson, W.F.: A cure that may cost us ourselves. Newsweek. New York. pp. 74-76, January 1, 2000
- Studer, V., Hang, G., Pandolfi, A., Ortiz, M., Anderson, W. F., Quake, S. R.: Scaling properties of a low-actuation pressure microfluidic valve. J. Applied Physics, 95: 393- 398, 2004.
- Marcus, J.S., Anderson, W.F., Quake, S.R.: Single cell mRNA isolation and analysis. Anal. Chem, 2006 May 1; 78(9) 3084-9
- Zhao, Y., Zhan, Y., Burke, K.A., Anderson, W. F.: Soluble factor(s) from bone marrow cells can rescue lethally irradiated mice by protecting endogenous hematopoietic stem cells. Exp. Hemat., 33: 428-434, 2005.
- Anderson, W. French: Preventable Injuries in Taekwondo", Tae Kwon Do Journal, 1(4):13, 1982
- Anderson, W. French: "Prevention and Treatment of Taekwondo Injuries: General Principles", Tae Kwon Do Journal, Vol. 2(1): 8-9, 1983
- Anderson, W. French: "Prevention of Head Injuries in Taekwondo", Tae Kwon Do Journal, Vol. 4(1): 5-7, 1985.
- W. French Anderson, M.D., Forensic Analysis of the April 11, 1986, FBI Firefight, Paladin Press, 2006, ISBN 978-1-58160-490-0
- Anderson, W. French, "A Forensic Analysis of the Warren Earp Killing", in The Death of Warren Baxter Earp: A Closer Look, by Michael M. Hickey, Talei Publishers, Inc., Honolulu, Hawaii, pages 313-320, 2000.
- Lee, I., Kosko, B., Anderson, W.F.: Modeling gunshot bruises in soft body armor with an adaptive fuzzy system. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics - Part B: Cybernetics, 35: 1374-1390, 2005.
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