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Molecular Scissors to Specifically Disrupt a Pathogen Genome

Heimo Riedel of the West Virginia University School of Medicine in the U.S. will apply zinc finger nucleases as molecular scissors to directly disrupt the genome of human papilloma virus (HPV), the causal agent of cervical cancer. Once validated, this approach could also be applied to fight other infectious diseases including malaria, pneumonia, and tuberculosis.

More information about Create New Ways of Protecting Against Infectious Diseases (Round 2)

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