Reverse Genetics with Animal Viruses

NSV reverse genetics
  • Teshome Mebatsion
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New strategies to genetically manipulate the genomes of several important animal pathogens have been established in recent years. This article focuses on the reverse genetics techniques, which enables genetic manipulation of the genomes of non-segmented negative-sense RNA viruses. Recovery of a negative-sense RNA virus entirely from cDNA was first achieved for rabies virus in 1994. Since then, reverse genetic systems have been established for several pathogens of medical and veterinary importance. Based on the reverse genetics technique, it is now possible to design safe and more effective live attenuated vaccines against important viral agents. In addition, genetically tagged recombinant viruses can be designed to facilitate serological differentiation of vaccinated animals from infected animals. The approach of delivering protective immunogens of different pathogens using a single vector was made possible with the introduction of the reverse genetics system, and these novel broad-spectrum vaccine vectors have potential applications in improving animal health in developing countries.


Respiratory Syncytial Virus Newcastle Disease Virus Rabies Virus Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Reverse Genetic 
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  • Teshome Mebatsion
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  1. 1.Research and DevelopmentIntervet Inc.MillsboroUSA

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