HIV can be treated: Drug developed by gene editing could cure AIDS


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Bio-engineers from Israel’s Tel Aviv University (TAU) have demonstrated a new technology that can be used to treat patients infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). HIV, as we know it, attacks the immune system following which the person develops the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). In their paper published in the journal Nature, the experts revealed that their technology involves a gene-editing technique through which they can manipulate cells of the immune system to produce HIV-neutralizing antibodies.

Using this technique, the experts are now planning to develop a one-time vaccine for HIV treatment. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HIV first emerged in Chimpanzees in Central Africa and jumped onto humans in the late 1800s. Two centuries later, there still is no cure for AIDS, however, the TAU experts are confident about producing medication for the disease.

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