Public Talk: From pathogen to Ally - Engineering Viruses to Treat Disease

19 January 2012

Recombinant DNA technology has been in widespread use since the 1980s. It has allowed the engineering of viral genomes to produce a number of safe and useful medicines. To mark World AIDS Day, this lecture by Prof Mary Collins discusses the development of engineered viruses, such as HIV, to treat rare genetic disorders – “gene therapy”- and the use of these engineered viruses as vaccines.

The lecture was presented at University College London on 1 December 2011, a film of which is now available at

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