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Capitalizing on HIV's Talents for Gene Therapy

Science  08 Dec 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5498, pp. 1878
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5498.1878

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The emerging understanding of HIV's journey from the cell membrane to the nucleus may help researchers design better vectors for gene therapy for a variety of diseases. Researchers are using HIV itself as a gene-therapy vector, thereby capitalizing on its ability to infect nondividing cells.