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Scientists using gene editing to stop HIV from infecting cells

Numerous studies are underway to determine how gene therapy and the use of gene-editing tools can possibly cure HIV by using altered cells to decimate the virus and reduce the number of cells in reservoirs where HIV stays hidden in a dormant state. One such study is being conducted by John Zaia of City of Hope research center in California, which tweaks blood stem cells to disable a gene to allow the cells to resist HIV.

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