• Viruses are extensively used in research and medicine to both understand basic biology and to improve human health.
  • Viral therapy shows promise as a method of gene therapy and in the treatment of cancer.
  • In gene therapy, the correct version of the gene is introduced to human cells by using a viral vector such as the adenovirus.
  • If the treatment is successful, the new gene will get into the nucleus and into the target cell DNA to make a functional protein.
  • Oncolytic viruses are viruses that lyse and kill cancer cells.
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