Recent innovative and advanced developments in the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases
as well as enhanced in-depth understanding of virus molecular biology have opened novel avenues
with respect to the patent landscape. Included are viruses utilized in the development of anticancer
agents, agents that are employed against the spread of infectious viral diseases, RNA silencing
agents and virus-derived expression vectors that can be used for over-expression of therapeutic proteins
or as gene therapy vehicles. The current review describes several recent patents pertaining to virus sequences and
their medical and biotechnological applications.
Keywords: Cancer, gene therapy, intellectual property, immune response, oncolytic virus, tumor.
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