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Old 01-11-2012, 07:08 AM
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Hi people! This is my first time using this forum. I am currently a student in high school who is really interested in biology. I am enrolled in a class where the students research a branch of science and conduct experiments with their mentors.

I am researching epigenetics/telomeres. For this upcoming science competition, I have created a research proposal. However, I don't know if it is doable.
My question for you guys is: Is is possible to insert a protein into the capsid of a virus and take out the DNA/RNA that is inside it, and still leave the virus able to attach and inject the protein into a targeted cell?

Thank you all so much.
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Interesting question. The answer is yes you can insert a protein into the capsid of a virus but it isn't functinal. For that you need VLP or virus-like-particles that act like viruses but have been shown to be able to deliver recombinant protein payloads.
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