Novel viral vectors deliver useful cargo to neurons

We have now developed a new collection of viruses and tools to study the central and peripheral nervous systems," says Gradinaru. “We are now able to get highly efficient brain-wide delivery with just a low-dose systemic injection, access neurons in difficult-to-reach regions, and precisely label cells with multiple fluorescent colors to study their shapes and connections.”

“For our new systemic viral vectors – AAV PHP.S and AAV PHP.eB – there are many potential uses, from mapping circuits in the periphery and fast screening of gene regulatory elements to genome editing with powerful tools such as CRISPR-Cas9,” says Gradinaru. “But perhaps the most exciting implication is that our tools, when paired with appropriate activity modulator genes, could enable non-invasive deep brain modulation for the treatment of neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.”

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U can make anything sound useful it seems but i just havent seen anything novel in my lifetime

Proud of my fellow Romanian Viviana Gradinaru !!

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