The inside scoop—evaluating gene delivery methods

  title={The inside scoop—evaluating gene delivery methods},
  author={Laura P. Bonetta},
  journal={Nature Methods},
  • L. Bonetta
  • Published 1 November 2005
  • Biology
  • Nature Methods
Techniques for delivering nucleic acids into mammalian cells have been around for decades. But tools and reagents continue to improve and target a broader range of cells and applications. Laura Bonetta reports. 

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