Temple Researchers Make AIDS Cell Breakthrough

Temple University is on the way to finding a cure for HIV/AIDS.

Last month, university researchers successfully removed HIV from a humanized model of cells using gene editing technology.

As of now, there is no cure for the disease, but this breakthrough is on track to finding one.

“Once HIV infects human cells, its genome incorporates in the whole cells,” said Kamel Khalili, Chair of Neuroscience at Temple University in a Newsworks article.  “And that’s a major problem for the treatments of the HIV-infected individuals. The current therapy that’s in the clinic is suppressing virus replication but it doesn’t eliminate.”

Khalili says that this breakthrough will hopefully lead to finding a cure for HIV/AIDS within the next 10 years.

Temple University is classified as an R1 research university, the highest classification possible, by Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.