New Way Of Punching Holes In Cells To Deliver Gene Therapy, University of Pittsburgh Reveals

At University of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center researchers have devised a radically new way of opening carefully targeted living cells to allow various medications to enter. Reported on in the latest issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the scientists describe how microbubbles filled with genes can be excited with ultrasound to shove themselves into the interior of cells. Such microbubbles have been developed already, but while they’re immeasurably safer than viruses they’ve had a problem of penetrating cells.

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