chimeraplast


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chi·me·ra·plast

 (kī-mîr′ə-plăst′, kĭ-)
n.
A synthetic molecule that contains DNA and RNA and is temporarily incorporated into the genome of an organism in order to mediate the repair of mutations in DNA base pairs.

chi·me′ra·plas′ty n.
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The chimeraplast, a combination of selected DNA and RNA--the chemical that translates the DNA's genetic code into a protein which the body can use--acts like a chemical instruction to the cell itself to alter the gene in the desired way.
The chimeraplasts were cleverly introduced into the nuclei of liver cells, where the chimeraplasts' sequence matched almost perfectly with a complementary sequence on a chromosome.