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The next act for messenger RNA could be bigger than Covid-19 vaccines
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The next act for messenger RNA could be bigger than Covid-19 vaccines

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In the near future, researchers believe, shots that deliver temporary instructions into cells — a function of messenger RNA — could lead to vaccines for more diseases, and improved ones. But they also see a future beyond vaccines. They think the technology will permit cheap gene fixes for cancer, sickle-cell disease, and maybe even HIV.

By David RotmanOn December 23, as part of a publicity push to encourage people to get vaccinated against covid-19, the University of Pennsylvania released footage of two researchers who developed the science behind the shots, Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman, getting their inoculations. The vaccines, icy concoctions of fatty spheres and genetic instructions, used a previously unproven technology based on messenger RNA and had been built and
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