benign virus

benign virus

A prank virus that does not cause damage. It does such things as randomly displaying a message on screen declaring "Peace on Earth" or causing the computer to make a clicking sound every time a key is pressed on some famous person's birthday. Fortunately, most viruses are benign.
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Importantly, the safety of INGN 007 was similar to that of other adenoviral products that are derived from a naturally occurring and benign virus to which many people have been exposed," said Louis A.
Each of the four monkeys warded off SIV infection after receiving two injections, one consisting of a benign virus carrying a gene for a subunit of SIV, and a second consisting of the subunit itself.
Vectors derived from the adenovirus (a benign virus that has been rendered incapable of replication by deleting several of its genes) are the most commonly used and are considered the most efficient.
Scientists envision purposely infecting a cancer patient with a benign virus that deposits antisense-producing DNA into cell nuclei.
It involves passing a virus several times through a growth medium--for viruses, this might be an egg or monkey kidney because viruses require living cells--to create a more benign virus to be used in vaccines.
Duan and post-doctoral researcher Dejia Li took a different approach: they placed the MCAT gene inside a benign virus, and injected the virus into the mice.
HSV-1, which is related to Epstein-Barr and cytomegaloviruse (CMV), is not a benign virus that just causes cold sores.
In some cases, kids think they have a benign virus.
The scientists delivered the gene therapy by attaching it to a benign virus that infected mouse liver cells.
The natural reaction of the public is that it's a pretty benign virus," notes Paul Lieberman of the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia.
Minor molecular changes turned an avian flu that broke out in Hong Kong and killed six people from a benign virus to a potentially more deadly one, according to scientists from a U.
Mind you, there is a case for it being hit by some benign virus that brightens it up a bit.