Yet again, researchers from the UCLA Aids Institute have made breakthroughs in HIV and virus research. This time around the team of scientists focused their efforts on gene-based stem cell therapy, and has found the process effective in removing CCR5, the cell receptor responsible for attracting HIV in human cells.
From a UCLA press release:
UCLA AIDS Institute researchers successfully removed CCR5 — a cell receptor to which HIV-1 binds for infection but which the human body does not need — from human cells. Individuals who naturally lack the CCR5 receptor have been found to be essentially resistant to HIV. Using a humanized mouse model, the researchers transplanted a small RNA molecule known as short hairpin RNA (shRNA), which induced...FULL STORY