Sidebar: Major Pharmaceutical Companies Are Diving Into the Gene Therapy Pool

As gene therapy enters its sixth year of high-visibility research, major drug companies are buying in, helping lay the technology's foundation and launching clinical trials. More than 100 gene therapy trials-most privately funded-are under way. And while the field's ultimate success is still quite uncertain, one thing is clear: There is a lot of science to be done and research opportunities to be pursued.

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"It seems like there is a new company announcing a gene therapy project every week," says James Barrett, chief executive officer of Genetic Therapy Inc. (GTI), a publicly held biotechnology company in Gaithersburg, Md. "There is a whole wealth of opportunity for scientists."

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