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SCIENTISTS SUCCESSFULLY REMOVE HIV FROM HUMAN IMMUNE CELLS USING GENE EDITING TECHNIQUE

Researchers from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, have announced that they have used a new gene-editing technique to remove the Human Immune Virus (HIV) from the genome of human immune cells. The scientists have published their findings in Nature Scientific Reports. Using the process known as CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technique, the scientists were able to eliminate HIV-1 DNA from T cell genomes in laboratory experiments.

They also prevented re-infection after the cells were re-exposed to the virus. This means that they have effectively been able to shut down HIV replication permanently. It is a milestone achievement in finding a cure to HIV. (Anonymous - http://www.nature.com/articles/srep22555)