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Work With Power Grids Leads to Cell Biology Discovery
March 18, 2008
Gene therapy is a promising experimental technique for the prevention and treatment of disease. Now, a Northwestern University research team reports that a counterintuitive approach also holds promise. The targeted removal of genes can restore cellular function in cells with genetic defects, such as mutations. The results have ramifications for medical research as well as for optimizing certain metabolic processes used in the production of biofuels, such as ethanol.
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