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.

Guest:


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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