Some of the greatest minds of the world are trying hard to bring AIDS under control and eradicate it completely sometime in the future. In a major breakthrough against AIDS, the scientists were able to find create a cell culture that is resistant to the HIV virus.
The feat was achieved by the researchers at The Scripps Research Institute in California and this will bring the scientists a step closer to finding the cure to AIDS. Dr. Richard Lerner, the senior leader in research and an immunology professor at the institute, said that their approach is a form of cellular vaccination and will provide long-term protection against the HIV virus.
Unlike the conventional treatments, in which the agents float in the bloodstream, the antibodies will now bind with the cell’s surface using the new technique. Lab experiments at the TSRI have proved that procedure works by attaching the HIV-fighting antibodies to immune cells which can then quickly replace the diseased cells and have the possibility of curing AIDS through gradual displacement.
The scientists like to call the technique “neighbor effect”, which actually utilizes the effectiveness of the antibodies nearby. This is more potent than having them spread across the bloodstream.
Before being tested on the patients, the safety and effectiveness of the new treatment will be tested by the researchers in collaboration with the City of Hope, and independent cancer research and treatment center.
Dr. Joseph Alvarnas, director of the center’s value-based analytics department, believes that the HIV patients have a higher risk of cancer even they are being treated with the conventional methods. The new research will prove to be important in this regard.
“HIV is treatable but not curable — this remains a disease that causes a lot of suffering,” said Dr. Alvarnas.