Sunday, 23 July 2017

Effort to discover permanent cure for HIV/AIDS Underway- Scientist who discovered the deadly virus


French Virologist Francoise Barre-Sinoussi

Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, the scientist who, together with Luc Montagnier co-discovered the HIV virus in 1983 has said that efforts are underway to find a total cure for the dreaded disease.
She said the efforts are aimed at developing a universal cure for HIV using cancer therapies.
According to the Nobel Laurate “efforts are now underway to determine if these cancer therapies can be used to build up the immune system of patients with HIV. This will be in such a way that HIV patients can  achieve a durable and perhaps life-long treatment-free state of remission,”
We know that controlling HIV in the absence of therapy will require the generation and maintenance of CD8+ or Killer-T cells that can target vulnerable parts of the virus.
“The challenge is remarkably similar to that in oncology where the goal of innovative therapies is to generate Killer T cells that recognizes and clear cancer cells
“Timothy Brown is the only person cured of HIV, and this was due to the work of highly resourceful team of Oncologists.
His case illustrates that we need to do more to incetivise scientists to work across diseases and to ensure that research funding allows these synergies,” she said.

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