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Swift gene-editing method may revolutionize treatments for cancer and infectious diseases

Scientists report that they have discovered a way to tweak genes in the body’s immune cells by using electrical fields. For the first time, scientists have found a way to…

Imaging technique illuminates immune status of monkeys with HIV-like virus

Approach could improve understanding of immune system recovery in people treated for HIV infection Findings from an animal study suggest that a non-invasive imaging technique could, with further development, become…

Vitamin D deficiency linked with diminished CD4 recovery after cART initiation

Baseline vitamin D deficiency may be associated with diminished CD4 recovery in HIV-positive patients after initiation of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART), according to findings published in Clinical Nutrition. Although both nutritional status and…

Immune system does not recover despite cured hepatitis C infection

Changes to the immune system remain many years after a hepatitis C infection heals, a new study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Hannover Medical School shows. The findings, presented…

A “super” receptor that helps kill HIV infected cells

While treatments for HIV mean that the disease is no longer largely fatal, the world still lacks a true therapy that can eradicate the virus across a globally – and…

Treg cells protect babies from getting HIV infection from their mothers

June 10, 2018 – Atlanta, GA – Scientists now report that Treg cells, a type of regulatory lymphocyte, may be protecting babies in the womb from getting infected with the…

The rise of broadly neutralizing antibodies

Research on broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) is taking the field of HIV prevention science in new directions, with implications for new prevention interventions and vaccine development. There’s much to know…

Unlocking the secrets of HIV’s persistence

Thanks to advances in the development of anti-retroviral therapy (ART), patients with HIV are living longer than ever before. And yet, even in patients on very effective, long-term ART, HIV…

Different diseases elicit distinct sets of exhausted T cells

Epigenomics survey of human immune cells has implications for fighting chronic infections, autoimmunity, and cancer The battle between the human immune system and long-term, persisting infections and other chronic diseases…

Universal antibody drug for HIV-1 prevention and immunotherapy

A research team led by scientists at AIDS Institute and Department of Microbiology, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of The University of Hong Kong (HKU) invents a universal antibody…

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