- Associated Press - Monday, February 28, 2011

Scientists are reporting encouraging early results from a new approach ultimately aimed at curing AIDS. They used genetic engineering in six patients to develop blood cells that are resistant to HIV, the virus that causes the disease.

The experiment involves deleting a gene that allows the virus to infect blood cells. The concept is based on a man who seems to be cured of AIDS after getting blood cells from a donor with natural immunity in a transplant four years ago in Berlin.

Even if the new gene therapy doesn’t eliminate the virus, doctors hope it might repair the immune system enough that patients would no longer need to take AIDS drugs.

The research was presented Monday at a conference in Boston.

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