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Plant-based Compound Helps Overcome Gene Therapy Challenges

News   Oct 18, 2019 | Original story from Scripps Research

 
Plant-based Compound Helps Overcome Gene Therapy Challenges

Blood stem cells protect themselves against viruses with structures known as 'interferon-induced transmembrane proteins,' seen here in green. These normally useful proteins are problematic for gene therapy treatments, as they work to keep therapeutic lentiviral vectors from infiltrating cells. Scripps Research scientists found a natural compound that lets down this shield, boosting the success rate of gene delivery. Credit: Image courtesy of the Torbett lab at Scripps Research

 
 
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