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Scientists Design New Delivery Device for Gene Therapy
July 6, 2010
Scientists have designed a nanoparticle that appears to effectively deliver genetic material into cells with minimal toxic effects. In lab experiments, the researchers have found that this device, a vector, is able to deliver DNA deeply enough into a cell to allow genetic material to be activated--a critical step in gene therapy. This vector is between two and a half and 10 times more effective than other experimental materials, according to the research.
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