The scientists found that regular injections of RNAi mixed with the rabies virus fragment shut down genes in around half of the cells in the animals' brains and stopped the disease from spreading. Of the mice that received injections, 80% were cured, while all of the mice that were untreated died, the team report in Nature.
Therapies based on RNA interference have become the next great hope for medicine, and a large number are either in or about to start early clinical trials in humans.
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