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antisense,DNA or RNA manipulated in a laboratory so that its components (nucleotides) form a complementary copy of normal, or "sense," messenger RNA (mRNA; see nucleic acidnucleic acid,
any of a group of organic substances found in the chromosomes of living cells and viruses that play a central role in the storage and replication of hereditary information and in the expression of this information through protein synthesis.
..... Click the link for more information. ). Antisense techniques are used to deactivate disease-causing or undesirable genes so that they cannot produce harmful or unwanted proteins. (Conventional drugs bind directly with disease-causing protein molecules, but their imperfect specificity may lead them to bind with other protein molecules, resulting in unwanted side effects. Antisense molecules are extremely specific.) In some applications of this technique, the antisense nucleic acid segment is inserted into an inactivated or nonvirulent virus, then introduced into the cell. The antisense segment pairs with the mRNA, preventing the synthesis of protein by the mRNA. Antisense has applications in agricultural biotechnology, where it has been used to deactivate the gene that causes softening in tomatoes, and in medicine, especially in cancer and antiviral therapy. See also gene therapygene therapy,
the use of genes and the techniques of genetic engineering in the treatment of a genetic disorder or chronic disease. There are many techniques of gene therapy, all of them still in experimental stages.
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A strand of deoxyribonucleic acid having a sequence identical to messenger ribonucleic acid.
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