Temple University Takes Next Big Step in Cure for HIV

We are one step closer to winning the war on HIV/AIDS thanks to recent findings by researchers at Temple University.

A team led by Dr. Kamel Khalili, Chair of the Department of Neuroscience, has been able to completely remove the HIV virus from human cells. While they are thrilled about the new development, they are the first to admit that there is still a long way to go, but are hopeful of what lies ahead.

Dr. Khalili, along with Dr. Wenhui Hu, an associate professor of neuroscience, worked together to use a DNA-cutting enzyme and a targeted strand of RNA to find and extract the viral genome. This allowed healthy genes in the cell to repair themselves and create a cell without any trace of the virus.

In Dr. Khalili’s opinion, the next step would be to find a way to get this process to treat all the infected cells in a human body. This combined with those condoms from Australia could ultimately help to completely eradicate this disease from the human population in time.