Why some scientists consider mRNA vaccines to be gene therapy
Since the origin of vertebrates 500 million years ago, it is believed that fragments of viral chromosomes have succeeded in integrating into human chromosomes. However, only viruses containing an enzyme called “reverse transcriptase” are capable of such a feat. SARS-CoV-2, a ribovirus (RNA virus), does not contain the information needed to produce the reverse transcriptase required to insert a copy of its RNA into our DNA.
Nevertheless, some scientists, such as the controversial French physician Christian Perronne, believe that certain fragments of viral chromosomes that we have integrated since the dawn of time could contain the instructions to make this reverse transcriptase. Consequently, it would be possible to integrate a copy of the SARS-CoV-2 mRNA into our chromosomes. However, none of the very numerous studies on the composition of the human genome have been able to demonstrate such a possibility.
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