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Turning cells into better protein factories could help improve gene therapies. Here's how

Gene therapy often relies on easily accessible muscle cells to treat genetic diseases. Image: Unsplash/Sangharsh Lohakare

Daniel N. Hebert

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UMass Amherst

Lila Gierasch

Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UMass Amherst


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