Gene Editing Could Literally Stop HIV Dead In Its Tracks

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Gene Editing Could Literally Stop HIV Dead In Its Tracks

Post by Thorin on Fri May 12, 2017 3:40 pm

For the first time ever scientists have shown how they can edit animal genes to shut down a HIV infection and then stop it from spreading further. The new study is the next step in the ongoing efforts to find a permanent cure for the disease, which saw 88,769 people in the UK require access to treatment in 2015, according to the National Aids Trust.


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Re: Gene Editing Could Literally Stop HIV Dead In Its Tracks

Post by eddie on Fri May 12, 2017 4:59 pm

I don't have any sciencey stuff to add but this is great news.

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Re: Gene Editing Could Literally Stop HIV Dead In Its Tracks

Post by Thorin on Fri May 12, 2017 5:03 pm

eddie wrote:I don't have any sciencey stuff to add but this is great news.


Absolutely Eddie, its great news

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Re: Gene Editing Could Literally Stop HIV Dead In Its Tracks

Post by Jules on Sat May 13, 2017 1:05 am

Thorin wrote:For the first time ever scientists have shown how they can edit animal genes to shut down a HIV infection and then stop it from spreading further. The new study is the next step in the ongoing efforts to find a permanent cure for the disease, which saw 88,769 people in the UK require access to treatment in 2015, according to the National Aids Trust.


http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/gene-editing-could-literally-stop-hiv-dead-in-its-tracks_uk_59084f8be4b05c3976823041

Great news indeed.  But by the same token, gene editing can equally be used to do widespread harm if it gets in the wrong hands. Biological warfare is SCARY!!! Like most scientific advances it's a double-edged sword.
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