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ICAAC 2014: Sangamo Provides Update on Gene Therapy to Protect T-cells From HIV

Several people with HIV whose CD4 T-cells were modified to make them resistant to viral entry have maintain low-level viral load after interrupting antiretroviral therapy (ART), with 1 individual having HIV RNA <1000 copies/mL for more than a year, according to a presentation at the 54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy this week in Washington, DC.

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Mississippi Baby and Other Relapsers Hold Lessons for HIV Cure

Despite the disappointment felt by many, the return of detectable HIV in the Mississippi Baby and 2 patients who received bone marrow transplants are of "enormous scientific importance" and indicate that addressing the latent viral reservoir is the major challenge in achieving a cure or long-term remission, according to an editorial in the August 29 edition of Science.

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AIDS 2014: Novel Techniques Probed in HIV Cure Research

A pair of presentations at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne described new pathways being explored in the search for either a permanent cure for HIV or for longer-acting drugs. In one study, 2 artificial genes that cause cells to generate antiviral entry inhibitors produced significant inhibition of cellular infection. In the other, a technique that is the exact opposite of the much-explored "kick and kill" strategy (which uses drugs to activate cells latently infected with HIV) used an artificial gene fragment to maintain latently infected cells in a locked-down state that resisted strong immune stimulation.

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AIDS 2014: Australian Bone Marrow Transplant Patients Show No Detectable HIV

An additional 2 people with long-term HIV infection have no evidence of infectious virus or viral genetic material following bone marrow stem cell transplants to treat leukemia or lymphoma, researchers reported at the 20th International AIDS Conference last month in Melbourne. While these individuals remain on antiretroviral therapy (ART) and therefore cannot be considered functionally cured, they offer further evidence that HIV may be controlled off ART in some cases.

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AIDS 2014: Disappointing HIV Cure News Leads to New Questions

The fourth IAS Towards an HIV Cure symposium -- an initiative of the International AIDS Society -- took place July 19-20, prior to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne.

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