PERV detector

2019-03-07 07:17:07

By Barry Fox Pigs are born with several strains of porcine endogenous retrovirus (PERV) lurking in their DNA, and there are good reasons to fear that the virus could infect humans when pig organs are transplanted into people. The immunosuppressive drugs given to patients also make infection more likely. So the US Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is patenting a way of detecting PERV infections (WO 00/00829). With the help of infected human cells,