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How viruses can help to combat rare diseases

  • March 1, 2021

For many rare diseases, the genetic defects that cause them are known. There is even better news: the search for ways of repairing these defects is also progressing. Prof. Thierry VandenDriessche (VUB) explains how his research is contributing to this. He has received support for this research from the Walter Pyleman Fund, the Cremers-Opdebeeck Fund and the Richard Depasse Fund, which are managed by the King Baudouin Foundation.

“In gene therapy we are using the efficient mechanisms that exist in nature, by turning viruses into a transport system to smuggle therapeutic genes into the patient’s cells.”
Prof. Thierry VandenDriessche, VUB

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