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EPO – Finalist Research – Gene-silencing technique to treat diseases, Thomas Tuschl

Invention: Gene-silencing technique to treat diseases

Thomas Tuschl’sgroundbreaking method of “switching off“ human genes has become a vital tool in developing new ways of diagnosing and treating conditions from haemophilia to high cholesterol. The biochemist succeeded in adapting a gene-silencing technique known as RNA interference (RNAi) for use in human cells.

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