The Dirty Army: Nik, I read this on Futurism and wanted to get your opinion on it.
A significant milestone was achieved today in the fight against HIV—scientists led by Kamel Khalili of the Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center at Temple University just reported that, for the first time, HIV genes have been successfully eliminated from the genomes of animals infected with the virus. “In a proof-of-concept study, we show that our gene editing technology can be effectively delivered to many organs of two small animal models and excise large fragments of viral DNA from the host cell genome,” explained Khalili. According to Khalili’s experiments, the method was successful in snipping out the virus in over 50% of the cells of each type. So while we still have some way to go before it can be successfully utilized as a treatment, the early work is promising.
As a gay man, this makes me really happy because I do hate using condoms. This is huge for us gays and I think this doctor and his team need to be funded with more money and support to make this cure happen.