Expanding on previous research providing proof-of-principle that human stem cells can be genetically engineered into HIV-fighting cells, a team of
UCLA researchers have now demonstrated that these cells can actually attack HIV-infected cells in a living organism.
The study, published April 12 in the journal PLoS Pathogens, demonstrates for the first time that engineering stem cells to form immune cells that
target HIV is effective in suppressing the virus in living tissues in an animal model, said lead investigator Scott G. Kitchen, an assistant professor
of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a member of the UCLA AIDS Institute.
If more research is done and it turns out this will cure people with HIV, my paranoid mind says it'll be tucked away nicely for another 20 years.
It also instantly reminded me of this, had to add for laugh and giggles.
It's not odd at all, you hear about it in the early stages of development. It takes many years, 10+, to refine and go through the trials necessary to
be available to the public. They only seem to disappear because media only reports on it once and then never again until it's available.
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