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Engineered Stem Cells Seek out and Kill HIV in Living Mice

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posted on Apr, 13 2012 @ 02:44 PM
Possibly another brake through in fighting HIV.

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.


posted on Apr, 13 2012 @ 02:47 PM
reply to post by kn0wh0w

It does seem odd that every time a possible cure for HIV comes about...
it dissappears just a fast.
Nice find though. Let's hope this is the one!

posted on Apr, 15 2012 @ 12:23 AM
reply to post by GmoS719

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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