Drawing, Gene Therapy

Description (Brief)
In September 1990, four-year-old Ashanti DeSilva became the first patient to participate in the National Institutes of Health’s first human gene therapy trial. She made this colored pencil drawing, depicting her experience undergoing apheresis for her treatment, on October 9, 1991.
To learn more about the first NIH gene therapy trials, see object
1999.0008.01, the blood cell separator.
Accession File
Currently not on view
Object Name
drawing, gene therapy
date made
DeSilva, Ashanthi
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
crayon (overall material)
ink (overall material)
white (overall color)
orange (overall color)
red (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
periwinkle (overall color)
brown (overall color)
average spatial: 23 cm x 30.2 cm; 9 1/16 in x 11 7/8 in
overall: 1/8 in x 12 in x 9 in; .3175 cm x 30.48 cm x 22.86 cm
place made
United States: Ohio, North Olmsted
ID Number
catalog number
nonaccession number
Health & Medicine
Science & Mathematics
Biotechnology and Genetics
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Biotechnology and Genetics
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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