years of fighting the deadly and incurable virus, scientists think they may be able to find a way to really kill it. On Monday, the White House and the National Institutes of Health announced a new, $100 million effort to try to find a cure.
In the latest study, researchers tested a modified version of a therapy now used to treat leukemia on blood taken from 15 patients with HIV, and found evidence it could scour out infected cells. These so-called latent cells are the main reason that HIV cannot be cured – they lie low in the body, quietly resting until drug treatment stops, and then roar back into action.
Ekaterina Dadachova of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York and colleagues have been working with a cancer treatment called radioimmunotherapy to see if they can get rid of these latent cells.
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