DNA nanoballs boost gene therapy

May 14, 2002 | Source: New Scientist

Researchers have developed a way to pack a DNA molecule into 25 nanometer particles, small enough to enter the nuclear pores or cells and make gene therapy safer and more efficient. The technique is now being tested on people with cystic fibrosis.

“In cells grown in culture, there was a 6000-fold increase in the expression of a gene packaged this way compared with unpackaged DNA in liposomes.”