• Question: what dna is in a drug and how much dna

    Asked by been1wye on 14 Mar 2024.
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      Michael Schubert answered on 14 Mar 2024:

      Most drugs don’t have DNA in them! There are a few special types of drugs that do contain DNA (or, more often, RNA, which is a slightly different type of genetic material). We use those to try to repair mutated or damaged genes that cause genetic disorders (or sometimes cancers). Most people won’t ever need those kinds of drugs, but they can be lifesaving for the people who do!

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      Christie Waddington answered on 15 Mar 2024:

      Most drugs don’t actually have DNA in them, as they’re proteins. Every drug is tested for DNA when it’s manufactured to make it’s safe for humans so no need to worry! There are special kinds of drugs that do contain DNA (viral gene therapy for example) but they also are tested so that they’re safe to use.