Is there a role for reoviruses in medicine?

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Is there a role for reoviruses in medicine?
« on: 18/07/2012 13:30:07 »
Zara Frizell asked the Naked Scientists:
   
What are the current and future uses of reoviruses in medicine?

What do you think?
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Re: Is there a role for reoviruses in medicine?
« Reply #1 on: 20/07/2012 23:46:13 »
Early attempts at genetic engineering used retroviruses to insert "corrected" DNA sequences into a genome. Unfortunately, most retroviruses have a "shotgun" effect, inserting DNA in dangerous areas, breaking vital genes or turning on cancer genes.

More recently, some retroviruses have been discovered which are more selective, and insert their gene payload in a particular stretch of a particular chromosome where they don't seem to interfere with vital genes.