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Gene therapy has yet to become a popular treatment for any disease, but vectors originally developed for that purpose may soon give rise to treatments for chronic infections including hepatitis C and malaria. Okairos SRL is working to commercialize therapies based on viral vectors it acquired when Merck & Co. Inc. agreed in 2007 to spin out the technology from IRBM, a small subsidiary in Rome, Italy.
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