Buy this Article for $7.95

Have a coupon or promotional code? Enter it here:

When you buy this you'll get access to the ePub version, a downloadable PDF, and the ability to print the full article.


  1. Smith, Lynn MSN, ARNP, CPNP
  2. Byers, Jacqueline Fowler PhD, RN, CNAA


As gene therapy research races to a first cure of a genetic-based disease, the research community has struggled with the aftermath of the well-publicized death of Jesse Gelsinger from complications of an experimental treatment. In a wrongful death lawsuit against the University of Pennsylvania and its researchers, Jesse Gelsinger's family alleged violations of federal regulations and research ethics. This article reviews gene therapy research, examines the role of the key players in this tragedy, and provides suggestions for preventing future misfortunes.