Genome Editing – The Latest Weapon For Combatting HIV

HIV is among the most feared viruses that emerged in the last century. Feared it is, because it is complicated for the researchers, let alone the sufferers. Having thousands of brilliant minds working for years and publishing tons of researches in order to find clues to eradicating the HIV completely, the virus has still been very resilient to disappear.


Thus far the efforts have led to suppressing this demon only to see it lift it head again. But researchers at Institute for Virus Research, Kyoto University, Japan suggest that with the recent progresses in genome editing some stronger weapons have been developed now. Researchers, in the paper, Perspectives of Genome-Editing Technologies for HIV Therapy, have shown viable prospects for using tools like CRISPR/Cas9 to identify even the dormant HIV genomes in the battle.

The idea is that, if you can identify the hidden intruders in the cells you can certainly shoot them down better. This idea has a shining future if the research community keeps improving these very anti-HIV weapons.

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