Scientists see encouraging results with new approach for AIDS

Monday, February 28, 2011
AIDS, HIV, health

There are encouraging results from a new approach scientists are taking to develop a cure for AIDS.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, are using genetic engineering to develop HIV-resistant blood cells, by deleting a gene that allows the virus to infect blood cells.

The idea is based on a man who appears to be cured of AIDS after receiving a blood cell transplant from a donor with natural genetic immunity.

Doctors hope, at the very least, this treatment could repair the immune system enough that patients no longer need to take medication.

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