Gene Therapy and Genetic Engineering

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October 26, 2011: How can you modify something's genes?
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August 26, 2010: I would love my children to physically look like me. Is it possible? If yes, how can I achieve it?
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February 25, 2010: For bacteria to make insulin, where do they get the insulin gene to insert into the bacteria?
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April 3, 2008: Can cancer be cured with gene therapy?
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April 5, 2007: I am a comic book fanatic. So I was wondering what it would take to develop a "super power". Is it possible to develop one using genetic engineering?
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September 2, 2005: Is it possible to use genetic engineering to create a designer baby? I've seen news articles with phrases like, soon, parents could order up a blue-eyed, blonde-haired girl who's good at tennis. Is it technically possible to alter a human embryo to produce a desired trait, such as blue eyes, if neither parent carries genes for blue eyes? Or, for example, if both parents are carriers of cystic fibrosis, and all of their embryos were found to have or carry CF, could the CF gene be fixed in the embryo?
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May 10, 2005: What a great mutation the delta32 mutation sounds like. No side effects and it makes you resistant to HIV? Is there some way to give everyone this mutation? Is there anywhere to get tested for it? Maybe somehow they could utilize early embryonic cells and transform them to incorporate all or part of the mutation in each sequential cell line from then on. Or how about using an engineered smallpox or similar virus as a vector to infect these embryonic cells?
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April 12, 2005: I read a previous question regarding straightening curly hair genetically. My hair is wavy which means I have both curly and straight hair genes. Given that I have both the gene for straight hair and the gene for curly hair, is it possible to just switch off the curly hair gene?
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September 24, 2004: I am an African American with typical black hair. I'm really fed up with it, and I was wondering if through gene therapy I could begin to grow hair like that of a Caucasian/Mexican/Asian person. I don't know anything about gene therapy, but I'm really desperate and I didn't know whom to ask. Thank you.
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September 9, 2004: Are there any genetic engineering studies being done to stimulate hair coloring in adults who are grey?
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