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.