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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

DISEASES & RESEARCH: Virus that kills HIV-infected cells created!

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August 9, 2011 / ANI, Washington / DC.

A USC scientist has created a virus that hunts down HIV-infected cells, which could herald a breakthrough toward curing the disease.
Dr. Pin Wang’s lentiviral vector latches onto HIV-infected cells, flagging them with what is called “suicide gene therapy” — allowing drugs to later target and destroy them.
“If you deplete all of the HIV-infected cells, you can at least partially solve the problem,” said Wang, chemical engineering professor with the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

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