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Ed Rybicki ed at molbiol.uct.ac.za
Mon Oct 6 10:26:35 EST 1997


> From:          kipk at vision.eei.upmc.edu (the kipster)
> Subject:       Re: Let's stimulate some traffic in this group - example

> I have a good question;;; with all the good interntional design of
> using herpesvirusesas gene therapy vectors, who in their right mind
> (we are talking the ununformed public here) would volunteer for trials
> should herpesviruses ever get to the point for gene therapy in vivo? 

If people went into it not knowing that the vectors were crippled, in 
that they cannot cause the symptoms of herpesvirus infection, then 
they would be crazy (or masochistic).  Obviously the workers 
intending to use such vectors should make very sure (a) that the 
viruses ARE crippled / non-virulent, (b) that the public has been 
WELL informed beforehand.

                     Ed Rybicki, PhD  
      Dept Microbiology     |   ed at molbiol.uct.ac.za   
   University of Cape Town  | rybicki at uctvms.uct.ac.za
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