Jump to content
  • Sign Up
  • Create New...

CRISPR could disable and cure HIV, suggests promising lab experiment

Pelican Press

Recommended Posts

CRISPR could disable and cure ****, suggests promising lab experiment

An electron micrograph of ****, which currently requires lifelong medication

Scott Camazine/Alamy Stock Photo

A new way to eradicate **** from the body could one day be turned into a cure for infection by this virus, although it hasn’t yet been shown to work in people.

The strategy uses a relatively recent genetic technique called CRISPR, which can make cuts in DNA to introduce errors into viral genetic material within immune cells. “These findings represent a pivotal advancement towards designing a cure strategy,” researcher 

This is the hidden content, please
at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands said in a statement.

While infection with **** was once nearly always fatal, those with the virus can now take drugs that stop it from reproducing. This gives them a nearly normal lifespan, as long as they diligently take their medicines every day.

But when people are first infected, some of the virus inserts its DNA into their immune cells, where it stays dormant. If they stop taking their **** medicines, this DNA “reawakens” and the virus starts spreading through their immune systems again.

For a cure, we need some way of ******** any dormant virus in the body. Several strategies have been tried, but none has so far been found to work.

The latest approach uses a gene-editing system called CRISPR. Originally discovered in bacteria, this homes in on a specific DNA sequence, making cuts in it. By changing the DNA sequence being targeted, the system can potentially be turned into a form of gene therapy for many conditions, with the first such treatment having been approved last year in the US and *** as a cure for sickle cell anaemia.

Several groups are investigating using CRISPR that targets a gene in **** as a way of disabling dormant virus. Now, Carrillo and her team have shown that, when tested on immune cells in a dish, their CRISPR system could disable all virus, eliminating it from these cells. The work is due to be presented at the

This is the hidden content, please
 in Barcelona, Spain, next month.

This is the hidden content, please
at the Francis Crick Institute in London says that although the results are encouraging, the next step is trials in animals and eventually people to show the treatment can reach all the immune cells with dormant ****. Some of these cells are thought to reside in bone marrow, but there may be other body sites involved too, he says. “There’s still a fair amount of uncertainty about whether there are other reservoirs in other parts of the body,” he says.

A Californian firm called Excision BioTherapeutics has previously shown that a CRISPR-based approach can

This is the hidden content, please


This is the hidden content, please

**** and AIDS,crispr
#CRISPR #disable #cure #**** #suggests #promising #lab #experiment

This is the hidden content, please

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.

Important Information

Privacy Notice: We utilize cookies to optimize your browsing experience and analyze website traffic. By consenting, you acknowledge and agree to our Cookie Policy, ensuring your privacy preferences are respected.