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Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia, Pa., has announced a breakthrough in the fight against Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) – the first removal from human cells of the virus that causes it.
Temple researchers report that they have used enzymes and RNA genetic molecules to remove HIV – the virus that causes AIDS – from those cells, enabling those cells to repair themselves free of the virus.
While researchers stress in a university news release that their work is still in its early stages, Kamel Khalili, Ph.D., a Temple University Professor and Chair of the school’s Department of Neuroscience , did call the advancement “one important step on the path toward a permanent cure for AIDS.”
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