Designer RNA stalls hepatitis in mice

12:28pm, February 25, 2003

From Boston, at a conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

Using strips of synthetic RNA that interfere with normal gene action, scientists working with mice have stopped the progression of hepatitis, a lethal inflammation of the liver often caused by a virus. The study is the first to show that this technique, called RNA interference, can improve the health of a mammal.

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