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Rice University

Modified Adeno-Associated Viruses Locked

Caption: Modified adeno-associated viruses developed at Rice University are "locked" by peptides that respond to the presence of two proteases likely to be overexpressed at the site of cancerous or other diseased tissues. The proteases chew off the peptides, thereby unlocking the virus and allowing it to deliver its therapeutic cargo.

Credit: Junghae Suh/Rice University

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