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Stanford lab creates HIV-resistant cells
San Francisco Chronicle

Stanford lab creates HIV-resistant cells Stanford scientists have developed a technique to genetically engineer certain immune cells and make them resistant to HIV – a technique that, if proved successful in human subjects, could provide an alternative to the lifetime of medication that people with HIV infections now face. HIV is so harmful because of the virus’ ability to break into and ultimately kill T-cells, eventually leading to AIDS and the collapse of the immune system.

HIV often gains entry into T-cells via two genes – called CCR5 and CXCR4 – that are known to be receptive to the virus.