An antisense, nucleic acid-related compound is
the mirror image of the genetic sequence that it is supposed to inactivate.
It is a synthetic segment of DNA (see) or RNA (see) that locks onto a strand
of natural DNA or RNA with a complementary sequence of nucleotide (see ribonucleic
acid) bases. Antisense drugs are designed to block viral genetic instructions,
marking them for destruction by cellular enzymes, in order to prevent the
building of new virus or the infection of new cells.
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