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Scientist finds a way to cure AIDS/HIV

There are an estimated 35 million people worldwide who are diagnosed with HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, according to the World Health Organization. The first case of AIDS was recognized in the United States in the early 1980s, and by July 1982, a total of 252 cases throughout 23 states were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Almost 30 years later, the disease, which is transferred through bodily fluids, is still very much alive with frightening prevalence and no cure. Approximately 50,000 people are newly infected with HIV each year in the United States. Almost two-thirds of new infections occur in gay and bisexual men, while African American men and women contract the disease eight times more than Caucasians.



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Research to cure HIV

 Researchers, from Philadelphia’s Temple University and the University of Pittsburgh were able to use a technique to eliminate HIV DNA from the genetic code of a mouse, effectively curing the animal of HIV.
The researchers have been able to remove and replace elements of genes that make the subject vulnerable to that disease. This ‘editing’ process can be used to expel any genes that are causing the disease. 


According to Dr. Kamel Khalili, professor and director of the Center for Neurovirology this test has huge implications for the future, the treatment stills has a while to go before it can considered to cure HIV . Many more rounds of experiments are required before it gets to the stage of human testing.
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Speaking to the Indy 100, Khamel Khalili – who has focused on gene editing for years – explained how current treatments fall short in completely eliminating HIV, and why this new technique is desperately needed:
“The current anti-retroviral therapy for HIV is very successful in suppressing replication of the virus. But that does not eliminate the copies of the virus that have been integrated into the gene, so anytime the patient doesn’t take their medication the virus can rebound.”

If this research become successful in treating HIV, then this will be the biggest breakthrough for medical science in recent history

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