This Faux Dna Helps Keep Disease At Bay

Since the late '80s, researchers have been excited about the idea of using so-called antisense technology to foil diseases that have a genetic component--such as replicating viruses. DNA-like antisense drugs attach to stretches of harmful genetic material the same way a zipper zips, preventing it from replicating or doing its job. That's great in the lab, but until now, there have been no trials on patients to prove they work.

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