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  • Is It Safe to Interrupt HIV Treatment During Cure Studies?

    Previous research has shown that long interruptions are not safe—but what about shorter, more closely monitored gaps in treatment?

    17 July 2019 | POZ
  • Have mice really been cured of HIV using CRISPR gene editing?

    The claim is they have eliminated HIV from living animals for the first time, by cutting it out of its hiding places in the body – in other words, that they have cured the animals.

    03 July 2019 | New Scientist
  • HIV eliminated from the genomes of living animals

    In a major collaborative effort, researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) have for the first time eliminated replication-competent HIV-1 DNA -- the virus responsible for AIDS -- from the genomes of living animals. The study, reported online July 2 in the journal Nature Communications, marks a critical step toward the development of a possible cure for human HIV infection.

    03 July 2019 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Fifty years of HIV: how close are we to a cure?

    It’s half a century since the first known HIV-related death and two patients appear to have been cured of the virus. What does this mean for the 37 million still living with it?

    03 July 2019 | The Guardian
  • Disabling CCR5 Could Be Key to a Cure—but at What Cost?

    Interfering with this receptor on immune cells could have harmful health consequences.

    25 June 2019 | Poz
  • Is It Safe to Alter the CCR5 Receptor? And How Will This Influence HIV Cure Studies?

    The HIV cure effort suffered a potential setback this week, as researchers reported an association between having two copies of the CCR5-∆32 mutation and shorter survival.

    11 June 2019 | NEJM Journal Watch
  • UCSF loses contract as Trump administration restricts fetal tissue research

    The Trump administration on Wednesday announced major new restrictions in funding of research involving human fetal tissue — a product that many scientists say is irreplaceable in studying certain diseases — in a move that immediately ended a decades-long partnership with UCSF involving HIV research.

    07 June 2019 | San Francisco Chronicle
  • Fetal Tissue Research Ban Threatens Progress Toward Cure for HIV, Other Life-threatening Diseases

    The Department of Health and Human Services’ announcement Wednesday that it will halt funding for research involving the use of human fetal tissue conducted within the National Institutes of Health, and review funding for research at extramural research universities with potential new restrictions, will significantly imperil our most promising strategies to develop a cure for HIV and other life-threatening diseases, while soundly undermining the administration’s stated commitment to ending the HIV epidemic.

    07 June 2019 | HIV Medicine Association
  • Could gold be the key to making gene therapy for HIV, blood disorders more accessible?

    Could gold be the key to making gene therapy for HIV, blood disorders more accessible?  Scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center took a step toward making gene therapy more practical by simplifying the way gene-editing instructions are delivered to cells. Using a gold nanoparticle instead of an inactivated virus, they safely delivered gene-editing tools in lab models of HIV and inherited blood disorders, as reported May 27 in Nature Materials.

    28 May 2019 |
  • Attacking persistent HIV reservoirs via a ‘long noncoding’ RNA

    As effective as antiretroviral drugs have been in the treatment of HIV, the virus can still hide out in the body in reservoirs that have proven exceedingly difficult to eradicate. Now researchers at Cornell University have found a new way to attack these HIV reservoirs, and it involves “long noncoding” RNAs (lncRNAs), which don’t produce proteins themselves but instead dial protein-producing genes up or down.

    26 March 2019 | Fierce Biotech
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