US: Researchers successfully destroy HIV in human cells
Temple University researchers in Philadelphia have destroyed HIV in human cells during laboratory tests.
The Pennsylvania team is using a type of gene surgery that uses scissor-like molecular tools to hunt down and snip out HIV in cells.
Lead researcher Dr Kamel Khalili told CBS Philly: “It’s an important finding because for the first time in laboratory setting we show that the virus can be eradicated from human cell culture.”
Though the process did not work on every cell during the trial, the team is hopeful the discovery could eventually replace current HIV treatments with more development.
Current treatment for HIV and AIDS is focused on minimising effects of the disease, not destroying it.
The team’s next step is to move the discovery from the lab into animals. From there, clinical trials on people living with HIV would take place.
There is not a time frame for when the discovery could hit clinical trials.