The Center for Cell and Gene Therapy interacts with basic research and clinical departments at Baylor College of Medicine and affiliated hospitals to discover and develop novel therapies for a range of diseases including cancer, HIV and cardiovascular diseases. The approach brings a variety of scientists and clinicians together to develop strategies. It is our intention to have the capability of moving basic pre-clinical discoveries into the clinical phase of development for initial evaluation in our patients. We have the resources to manufacture a range of viral and non-viral vectors to transfer genes of interest and the capability of separating and manipulating human cells. These combined genetic and cellular therapies should enable us to treat a range of conditions, both congenital and acquired, in almost every system of the body.