Temple University is eliminating HIV cells in the fight against HIV and AIDs.
The chair of the Department of Neuroscience, Dr. Kamel Khalili and associate professor of Nueroscience, Dr. Wenhui Hu led team of scientist to a new discovery. Their findings could cure HIV from blood cells.
In science terms, they used a DNA-cutting enzyme and a targeted strand of RNA to find viral genome. Once the DNA and RNA were working together, the team was able to get HIV-1 DNA. Thus allowing the healthy genes in the cell to repair themselves and create a cell without any trace of the virus.
The team is beyond ecstatic over their discovery, but the dept.’s chair notes they still have a long way to go to find a cure.
“This is one important step on the path toward a permanent cure for AIDS,” Kamel told NBC Philly. “It’s an exciting discovery, but it’s not yet ready to go into the clinic. It’s a proof of concept that we’re moving in the right direction.”
Thankfully within the last decade the number of reported HIV cases has declined from 24 in 100k people to 16 in 100k people.
Watch the interview on NBCPhiladelphia.