Genes at the flick of a light switch: Human cells fitted with synthetic signaling

By abe10tiger
Jun 25, 2011
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  1. Full Title:Genes at the Flick of a Light Switch: Human Cells Fitted With Synthetic Signaling Cascade

    Science News

    Researchers from ETH Zurich have fitted human cells with a synthetic signaling cascade that can be used to switch on and regulate genes via blue light. This "gene light switch" makes interesting therapies possible, which could be used to treat type 2 diabetes, for instance.

    Under a blue light, biotechnologically modified cells implanted in mice produce proteins that could one day be used for treatment purposes. (Credit: ETH Zurich/Martin Fussenegger)

    Source:Science Daily

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