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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

ISSN Print: 1050-6934
ISSN Online: 1940-4379

Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants

DOI: 10.1615/JLongTermEffMedImplants.v12.i2.20
8 pages

Cellular Transport of DNA as a Vehicle For Genetic Implants

Larry S. McDaniel
Departments of Surgery, Microbiology, and Medicine, The University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216
Joseph R. Bosarge
Departments of Surgery, Microbiology, and Medicine, The University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216

ABSTRACT

The ability to transfer and implant genetic material continues to have a tremendous impact on the practice of medicine. The techniques involved are constantly being redefined. Gene transfer may be able to ameliorate a number of chronic diseases and has implications in promoting the healing process. We review here the basic approaches involved in gene transfer, including cell-mediated transport, and discuss the implications related to genetic implants.