Country: United States
Date: February 2006
What can the present scientists do with nucleic
enzymes such as DNases and RNases? If they can cut and destroy
nucleic acids, then can't it be used to destroy certain part of
genes or DNA that is not needed. (maybe infected, or that turned
You have a great idea. The problem is that these enzymes are not very
smart. They will attack any DNA or RNA. The solution and challenge for
the scientist is to make the enzymes smarter so they will attack only
certain parts of genes or find the DNA that is not needed.
Jim Tokuhisa, Ph.D.
Virginia Tech University
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