Could A Cure For HIV Be Just A Few Years Away?
Temple University researchers say clinical trials for a technique that wipes HIV from cells' DNA could begin within three years.By Ryan Biek | April 3, 2016
Is a cure for HIV and AIDS just a few years away? Researchers at Temple University hope so. They say clinical trials for a technique that wipes away the virus from cells' DNA could begin within three years.
The technique is called CRISPR/Cas9, and it uses a protein that searches for HIV DNA in immune cells. Once it finds the DNA, the protein releases an enzyme that removes the HIV's genetic sequence.
A CRISPR researcher from Temple's school of medicine told The Telegraph that once treated, immune cells are protected from being reinfected with HIV, and there have been no harmful effects.