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Gene therapy breakthrough offers hope to patients with inherited high cholesterol levels

tors. Furthermore, it showed that the cells continued to function normally throughout the 32 week observation period.

RThe next step in this exciting research is to test the ability of the virus to repair faulty genes in animals with defective LDL receptor genes to establish whether an animal's immune system will react to the papilloma virus. The researchers remain optimistic that this technique will save lives given that preliminary studies have shown that the human form of the virus is unlikely to attacked by the immune system.


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