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The Goal of Gene Inhibition Therapy and How It Works

What is the goal of gene inhibition?

Gene inhibition therapy aims to stop a gene that is toxic to the cells. 

For example, an oncogene is a type of gene that can sometimes cause cancer by stimulating uncontrolled cell growth. Interfering with that oncogene’s ability to function could prevent such uncontrolled cell growth and stop the spread of cancer. 

Discover the science of gene inhibition

One method of gene inhibition is  RNA interference (RNAi). 

RNA regulates the expression of genes by preventing the production of harmful proteins. RNAi therapy uses this naturally occurring process, designing and producing synthetic RNA that can find and inhibit certain sequences of genetic code and halt the harmful effects of certain malfunctioning genes.