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Life Science Technologies: Gene Transfer: Taming Diversity

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Science  19 Jun 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5934, pp. 1587
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_1587


Transferring specific nucleic acids into cells can modulate gene function, thereby revealing the mechanism of action and ultimate role of specific stretches of DNA. Nonetheless, getting the nucleic acids into the right cells efficiently and without damaging them creates challenges as diverse as the cells themselves.