AirTalk for December 8, 2009

Genetic AIDS vaccine?

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Researchers at work in the laboratory

Researchers at the UCLA AIDS Institute have found a way to engineer stem cells to turn them into T-cells, the “killer cells” that fight infection. The engineered cells can be designed to recognize and target HIV-infected cells, effectively creating a “genetic vaccine” to fight HIV from within. The new study shows that reprogramming cells could be an effective weapon in the battle against AIDS and other viral diseases.


Scott Kitchen, Lead Researcher on the Study for UCLA AIDS Institute; Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Hemotology and Oncology Division, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

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