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World J Med Genet. Aug 27, 2015; 5(3): 28-45
Published online Aug 27, 2015. doi: 10.5496/wjmg.v5.i3.28
Adeno-associated virus vectors for human gene therapy
Haifeng Chen
Haifeng Chen, Virovek Incorporation, Hayward, CA 94545, United States
Author contributions: Chen H solely contributed to this paper.
Conflict-of-interest statement: Haifeng Chen is the Chiefe Executive Officer and owns stocks and/or shares in Virovek Incorporation.
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Correspondence to: Haifeng Chen, PhD, CEO of Virovek Incorporation, 3521 Investment Blvd., Suite 1, Hayward, CA 94545, United States. haifengchen05@yahoo.com
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Received: January 8, 2015
Peer-review started: January 8, 2015
First decision: February 6, 2015
Revised: May 11, 2015
Accepted: May 16, 2015
Article in press: May 18, 2015
Published online: August 27, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Adeno-associated virus (AAV) has become the first gene therapy drug approved by the Western world and spurred huge excitement in the gene therapy field. The gene therapy community is forging ahead with cautious optimism despite some challenges down the road. A battery of more than 100 AAV serotypes and variants are available and AAV production and purification technologies have become well established. Several clinical trials with AAV vectors have yielded exciting results. This paper will give you the information needed to understand the current development of the gene therapy field with AAV vectors.