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Previous Claims of siRNA Therapeutic Effects Called into Question by Report in 'Human Gene Therapy'
Date:9/2/2008

ing a mouse model of influenza, the authors demonstrated that the anti-viral activity of siRNA is mainly due to non-specific stimulation of the immune system rather than to a targeted attack on the disease-causing virus.

"siRNA holds tremendous potential as a research tool, however its clinical development is still in its infancy. The study by Robbins et al. points out a very important issue regarding non-specific effects that should be considered when designing and evaluating siRNA strategies," says James M. Wilson, MD, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, and Head of the Gene Therapy Program, Division of Medical Genetics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, in Philadelphia.

'Human Gene Therapy,' the Official Journal of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (http://www.esgct.org), the British Society for Gene Therapy (http://www.bsgt.org), and the French Society of Cell and Gene Therapy (http://www.sftcg.fr), is an authoritative peer-reviewed journal published monthly in print and online that presents reports on the transfer and expression of genes in mammals, including humans. Related topics include improvements in vector development, delivery systems, and animal models, particularly in the areas of cancer, heart disease, viral disease, genetic disease, and neurological disease, as well as ethical, legal, and regulatory issues related to the gene transfer in humans. Tables of contents and a free sample issue may be viewed online at http://www.liebertpub.com

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