San Diego Researchers Are Closer To Curing AIDS

Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute say they've found a way to make H-I-V-resistant cells.
 
Under lab conditions, they show the resistant cells can quickly replace diseased cells, potentially curing the disease in a person infected with the virus that causes aids.

A senior scientist and one of the authors says the protection would be long term. The ultimate goal will be the control of HIV in patients with aids without the need for other medications.

The researchers plan to team up with investigators at City of Hope's Center for Gene Therapy for evaluation and testing. Doctors there say this technique could help patients who despite being treated with anti retro viral drugs still suffer from higher rates of diseases, such as cancer.

The study was published in the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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