Using Stem Cell Therapy To Tackle HIV

Posted: April 4, 2010 at 8:11 am

Story Summary: The therapy involves extracting and purifying blood stem cells from the patients bone marrow. The small RNAs float around inside the immune cell until they encounter viral genes which they can stick to like Velcro. This mechanism, called RNA interference can block the production of key viral components from these genes. Transferring the antiviral DNA to stem cells would help to restore a large part of the patients immune system. The group hopes to start clinical trials of the therapy within 3 years. So far, very promising results have been obtained in the laboratory, and we are now testing the safety and efficacy in a pre-clinical mouse model, said Professor Berkhout. Please send any medical news or health news press releases to: These are the most read articles from this news category for the last 6 months: New Disease Among HIV-infected Gay Men28 Nov 2009A rare parasitic disease, which normally only is transmitted by contaminated water, has been shown to be transmitted by gay sex between hiv-positive men….Read the Full Story

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