Meet Bish Paul, a University of Washington graduate student who is using viruses to fight HIV in experiments at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.
In this fascinating three-minute clip, Paul deftly explains how he and his colleagues remove the "bad parts" from certain viruses and then use those viruses to "block the door" so HIV can't enter cells. (And yes, in the video the young scientist wears jeans as he explains gene therapy and demonstrates laboratory technique.)
To learn more about our region's remarkable current research in genetics, visit The Studio in Wellbody Academy, now featuring Next Generation Genetics. Extract DNA from strawberries and build DNA models with your own hands, daily from 12:10 – 12:50 p.m. with additional afternoon sessions from 2:10 – 2:50 p.m. on weekends. The Studio will feature Next Generation Genetics through the end of May 2013. On deck for June 2013 – Nov 2013: Neuroscience.