Some scientists have managed to eliminate the HIV virus for the first time from the entire genetic material of mice, which have been used for research related to this disease. They have achieved such a thing through a slow acting drug and by modifying genes.
Researchers believe that this two-way technique can serve as the foundation for the first cure of an infected person with this virus. It is expected that testing this method in people will begin next summer.
Only two people have so far been cured of the deadly virus. Both suffered from blood cancer and underwent a bone marrow transplant. After these interventions, they were cured of blood cancer and HIV.
However, the transplant technique has not yielded results to any other person, but some cases have been tragically completed. To be successful, the patient must suffer from leukemia and be infected with HIV.
Now, a team led by an HIV expert from Nebraska and a genealogy-modifying genealogy professor from Philadelphia, has presented the results of a five-year project. They have used a slow-reacting drug, called “Laser Art,” which isolates the virus, and then used the modification of the CRISPR Cas9 gene, which attacks the virus.
Scientists discovered that by this method successful HIV virus was successfully eliminated from a treat of the mice that were being tested in their lab.
“We could not believe it. We thought our system was wrong. We began to believe in this result only after we repeated the same thing several times, “said Dr. Howard Gendelman, director of the Center for Neurodegeneration at the University of Nebraska.
Dr. Gendelman and his colleagues indicated that this technique could be used as a relief medicine for people infected with the HIV virus. People should only use it once a year because it slowly breaks down and this way it would have fewer side effects.
However, the main problem is that the HIV virus is multiplying very quickly and the modification of genes of this type is hard to fight it at this speed of spread.
Dr. Paul Freemont, director of the Center for Synthetic Biology and Innovation at the College of London, said: “This is an attractive study that proves the possible use of chemical elements and genetic modification therapies as combined to eliminate it permanently the HIV virus from the infected cells, writes “Daily Mail”,