Scientists have claimed a breakthrough in using Crispr gene-editing technology to remove HIV from infected cells.

Crispr works like molecular scissors, cutting out the “bad” parts of DNA. While this offers hope for eliminating the virus from the body, more research is needed to ensure safety and effectiveness.

Current HIV treatments can control the virus but not eradicate it. The University of Amsterdam team presented their early findings at a medical conference, cautioning that it’s just a proof of concept.

Other researchers are also exploring Crispr for HIV, but challenges remain, including potential side effects and the difficulty of removing the virus from all cells in the body.

While some people have been “cured” of HIV through aggressive treatments, this approach is not recommended solely for HIV treatment.

(Credit: Information sourced from BBC)

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