Research in mice suggests that scientists may have a new lead on using gene therapy against the virus that causes AIDS.
The researchers tinkered with human stem cells and then inserted them into mice where they multiplied into immune system cells that provided protection against infection with HIV, according to a study released online July 2 in Nature Biotechnology.
The results are unlike typical research in animals because the mice have been "humanized": They have human immune systems and resisted a human disease. Still, until research is conducted on humans, there's no way to know if the treatment will work in people. And it may be years until that happens.
But there are high hopes. "It's a one-shot treatment if it works," noted study co-author Paula Cannon, associate professor of molecular microbiology at the University of Southern California.
Originally posted by Hypntick
This is really neat. For those of us who know someone close with HIV we look every day for signs something like this might happen. I am hopeful that it does sooner rather than later. However, being a member of ATS I also have the conspiracy slant on things. I firmly believe that it's much better for the drug companies profits to prolong the treatment rather than offer the cure.