In a first, scientists eliminate HIV from an animal’s genome

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(HealthDay News) — Researchers who eliminated HIV from mice say their results are an important advance in efforts to develop a cure for HIV infection in people.

This is the first time that the AIDS-causing virus has been eradicated from the genomes of living animals, according to the authors of the study.

“Our study shows that treatment to suppress HIV replication and gene editing therapy, when given sequentially, can eliminate HIV from cells and organs of infected animals,” said co-senior author Kamel Khalili, professor and chair of neuroscience at Temple University in Philadelphia.

The work was a collaboration with researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. (…)

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