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Well, their weekly science summary anyway. And finding some most interesting stuff.

Like this.

Sleeping Beauty Hooks Up With Herpes to Fight Brain Disease

ScienceDaily (Jan. 9, 2010) — Neuroscientists have forged an unlikely molecular union as part of their fight against diseases of the brain and nervous system.

The team has brought together the herpes virus and a molecule known as Sleeping Beauty to improve a technology known as gene therapy, which aims to manipulate genes to correct for molecular flaws that cause disease.

The work, detailed in a paper published online in Gene Therapy, has allowed scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center to reach a long-sought goal: Shuttling into brain cells a relatively large gene that can remain on for an extended period of time.


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