CA Researchers Make HIV Breakthrough

San Diego-area researchers say they've found a way to make H-I-V-resistant cells. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute say they tether H-I-V-fighting antibodies to immune cells, to create a resistant population.

They say these cells can quickly replace diseased cells, potentially curing the disease in a person infected with the virus that causes AIDS. The study was published in the journal "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."

The researchers plan to team up with investigators at City of Hope's Center for Gene Therapy for evaluation and testing. Dr. Richard Lerner adds, "We at TSRI are honored to be able to collaborate with physicians and scientists at City of Hope, whose expertise in transplantation in HIV patients should hopefully allow this therapy to be used in people.”

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

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