posted on Feb, 14 2005 @ 03:03 PM
Using viruses as therapy vehicles is quite common - and the method of choice in genetic modification of organisms (GMO's).
The technology is based on the natural process that prions like Mad Cow use to infect cells - it was first identified around 1986 by Esser, Schmidt
and Lemke (see Bio/technology and Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology)
Instead of using the breakthroughs to stop the prion related disease epidemics and help ordinary people, business created the GMO industry.
This is just the latest extension.