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  • Is Gilead Sciences Its Own Worst Enemy?

    Gilead's science is so good that it's actually destroying the company's business. Pharma companies, like most other businesses, make the bulk of their money through repeat business. Gilead, however, is doing something really no other drugmaker is doing -- namely curing patients of devastating infectious diseases.

    20 May 2015 | Motley Fool
  • HIV immunity: rare gene differences offer hope for treatment

    Seven years after the ‘Berlin patient’ was cured of HIV, scientists are looking to natural immunity through genetic variation to create vaccine and gene therapies

    12 May 2015 | The Guardian
  • GSK team up with US researchers to advance search for HIV cure

    Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline have partnered with researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill to create a research center that will focus on finding a cure for HIV.

    12 May 2015 | HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
  • Researchers “un-can” the HIV virus

    If the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a bit like a hermetically sealed tin can no one has yet been able to break open, the good news is that researchers at the CHUM Research Centre, affiliated with the University of Montreal, have identified a way to use a “can opener” to force the virus to open up and to expose its vulnerable parts, allowing the immune system cells to then kill the infected cells.

    05 May 2015 | Univesity of Montreal
  • Six questions about HIV/AIDS that deserve more attention

    As HIV investigators work to control and eradicate the virus worldwide, certain myths or misconceptions about the disease have been embraced, whereas other concepts with merit have been left relatively unexplored, argues American HIV/AIDS researcher Jay Levy, M.D., in a Trends in Molecular Medicine commentary. He calls on fellow researchers to continue questioning and not to lose sight of alternative strategies that could ultimately lead to a sustainable, long-term solution to HIV infection.

    15 April 2015 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Human immune system can control re-awakened HIV, suggesting ‘kick and kill’ cure is possible

    The human immune system can handle large bursts of HIV activity and so it should be possible to cure HIV with a ‘kick and kill’ strategy, finds new research led by UCL, the University of Oxford and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    14 April 2015 | University College London press release
  • Editing HIV out of our genome with CRISPR

    In an attempt to render latent HIV completely harmless, UMass Medical School researchers are using CRISPR/Cas9, a powerful gene editing tool, to develop a novel technology that can potentially cut the DNA of the latent virus out of an infected cell.

    13 April 2015 | University of Massacusetts Medical Schoool press release
  • An HIV Cure and a Vaccine within the Next 15 Years?

    Earlier this year, Bill Gates caused a ripple in the media by expressing optimism that a vaccine and a cure for HIV will become a reality within the next 15 years. From TAG’s perspective, Gates’s buoyancy does have some scientific basis—there have been encouraging signs of progress on both the vaccine and cure fronts in recent years—but the challenges that lie ahead must not be underestimated.

    13 April 2015 | Treatment Action Group
  • CUREiculum

    The CUREiculum is a suite of tools that provides simple, accessible information on HIV cure research, organizing into a systematic format for ongoing or issue-specific learning. The CUREiculum was developed in a multi-collaboratory process by leading scientists, community educators and various advocacy organizations who recognized the need for increasing literacy in this exciting arena. The tools are designed for community educators, funders, media and other stakeholders. Fifteen key areas of HIV cure research have been developed into free standing modules.

    08 April 2015 | AVAC
  • Protection from HIV Without a Vaccine

    Last month, a team of scientists announced what could prove to be an enormous step forward in the fight against H.I.V. Scientists at Scripps Research Institute said they had developed an artificial antibody that, once in the blood, grabbed hold of the virus and inactivated it. The molecule can eliminate H.I.V. from infected monkeys and protect them from future infections.

    11 March 2015 | New York Times
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