Viruses in gene therapy carry as ‘vectors ‘corrective genes to the target host cells, are used. They are great because in their natural state, they penetrate cells of living organisms, kidnap their DNA and make it obey instructions that help to replicate the virus. Retroviruses such as HIV go one step further, they create a DNA copy of the RNA, and merge it with the genetic material of the host cell. Click for Cystic Fibrosis Trust here.
Gene therapy is the hope that a person by removing the cause of sticky mucus, due to actions of the faulty CF genes in the lungs rather than to the treatment, the outcome of the illness to be treated. Continue reading “Viruses in gene therapy carry as vectors corrective genes to the target host cells.”