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First Images Of Key Viral Protein Could Lead To New Strategies For Human Gene Therapy

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September 14, 1997
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New images of an L-shaped molecule on the surface of a mouse leukemia virus could help scientists realize the promise of human gene therapy--the effort to cure disease by inserting genes directly into human cells.

New images of an L-shaped molecule on the surface of a mouse leukemia virus could help scientists realize the promise of human gene therapy--the effort to cure disease by inserting genes directly into human cells. The images, published in the September 12 issue of Science, show the crystal structure of a piece of the virus's envelope protein--the piece required to recognize and bind to receptors on the surface of a mammalian cell.


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Whitehead Institute For Biomedical Research. (1997, September 14). First Images Of Key Viral Protein Could Lead To New Strategies For Human Gene Therapy. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 24, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1997/09/970914234302.htm
Whitehead Institute For Biomedical Research. "First Images Of Key Viral Protein Could Lead To New Strategies For Human Gene Therapy." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1997/09/970914234302.htm (accessed April 24, 2014).

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