Let's stimulate...

Leonard Pattenden ddlpatte at mailbox.uq.edu.au
Tue Oct 7 10:52:16 EST 1997


On 6 Oct 1997, Ed Rybicki wrote:

> > 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.
> 

I saw on the news that some scientist will do exactly this in two years
time with HIV. *Gulp* Good luck.

Len...            
  





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