Quest takes a look at gene therapy, 'antisense' and other cutting-edge scientific approaches and how they're being applied to diseases in MDA's program
posted on July 1, 2011 - 4:15pm
Antisense oligonucleotides block flawed genetic instructions
Antisense oligonucleotides — also called antisense, oligos, or simply AONs — are pieces of genetic code that keep other genetic code from being processed. Designed to pair up with a particular sequence of DNA or RNA, AONs can change, block or destroy targeted genetic instructions in a variety of ways.