Is it possible to use agrobacterium for human gene therapy?
Hopefully you have a major in biotech, genetics, and/or microbiology, or if you have a job in any of those fields, or your a scientist in that field, or a professor, I was wondering if it would be possible to change the bacteria to infect humans instead of plants and by doing so, we can put specific genes in the bacteria such as insulin gene for diabetics, stronger immune system, etc. In other words could we use gm agrobacterium as gene therapy vectors? Would this be possible? For those of you asking WTF is an agrobacterium, its a tumor inducing, Ti, bacteria that infects dead plant cells which in turn infect other adjacent plant cells by incorporating its own DNA into the DNA of the plant cell. Scientists use these bacterias by recombining its DNA, putting in a gene into the bacteria, a gene useful in a plant, and then allowing the bacteria to incorporate its DNA with nearby plant cells in order to grow better plants. Plz answer, I’m a high school senior who plans on majoring in biotech, genetics, and microbiology and have nothing to brag about on my resume. So I need something to impress this university I want to get in to which is to create gm agrobacterium that infects the human genome as a vector for gene therapy.
Asked By: socrates - 6/30/2008
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Human gene therapy is usually considered separate and distinct from genetic modification (GM) of crops, but this is misleading... More
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The answer above mine is quite complex... More
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