Sunday, April 15, 2012
Stem Cells Kill HIV in Mice
According to an article in The Advocate, researchers have been working with genetically engineered stem cells and mice, and apparently they've come up with a way to attack HIV positive cells.
Three years ago, UCLA researchers said they believed stem cells could be engineered to kill HIV. Now, their findings are working on living creatures — mice.
They are hoping this will ultimately remove HIV from the human body.
After implanting engineered stem cells into virus-affected mice, the researchers found the cells developed into a large population of "mature, multi-functional HIV-specific CD8 cells that could specifically target cells containing HIV proteins."
This is big. If this research proves effective it could mean we are closer to a cure. You can read more about it here, at the UCLA Newsroom.