Virus samples being stored in liquid nitrogen

Virus samples being stored in liquid nitrogen

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Caption: Recombinant virus research. Samples of genetically engineered (recombinant) viruses being frozen in liquid nitrogen for storage. Viruses are used as vectors for introducing new genes into cells. Once a virus infects a cell it inserts its own genes (DNA) into the cell's genetic material, causing it to produce more viruses. The virus can be genetically-engineered so that when it infects a cell, it inserts DNA that causes the cell to produce a specific chemical. Bacteria may be infected to produce novel chemicals, whilst the virus may be used on humans (gene therapy) to make their cells produce an essential chemical & so cure a disease.

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Keywords: as coolant, biochemistry, biotechnology, cold storage, frozen sample, gene therapy, genetic engineering, genetics, liquid, liquid nitrogen, nitrogen, virology, virus, virus research

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