posted on Jul, 23 2014 @ 10:26 PM
This sounds a bit promising........Researchers at Temple University say that they have successfully "deleted" HIV from human cells in a lab. They
also say that there are many more hurdles to clear before they can do human trials but this sounds promising, nonetheless. Personally, I've always
held the belief that HIV/ AIDS is man made but that's another thread.
But researchers from Temple University may have figured out a way to permanently excise it using a highly-engineered HIV "editor." Here's how it
works: the team analyzed a part of our immune system that fights infection and built a "guide RNA" strand consisting of 20 nucleotides (RNA building
blocks). Those strands were then injected into cells typically infected with HIV, like T-cells. There, they targeted the end parts of the virus's
gene and snipped out all 9,709 nucleotides that made up its genome. Since the guide RNA strand contained no human DNA sequences, it left the host cell
intact -- but free from HIV.
What does ATS think about this news? It may be more "Carrot -dangling" by TPTB but I'll take this as good news anyway. I think this is in the
right forum, if not, you Mods know what to do.