Why Viruses may be a Genome Editor’s Secret Weapon

Viruses have a bad reputation. Smallpox, bird flu, Dengue fever, Ebola – some of the most frightening health threats come from the diminutive pseudo-lifeforms, which are often just a few dozen nanometers across. Viruses deposit genetic material into unsuspecting host cells, which ultimately process the new instructions through transcription and translation, running off copies of the invader like an over-caffeinated Xerox. When the virus is ready to make its move, a couple of hundred viral pa

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