- Researchers in California have shown that the early treatment of a baby carrying HIV at birth with antiretroviral drugs has led to remission of the virus for the second time ever.
- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have described a potential new gene therapy for HIV patients in The New England Journal of Medicine. The study was inspired by the the first person to recover from HIV, Timothy Brown. Brown had his immune system wiped out during leukaemia treatment and was therefore transfused with donor bone-marrow stem cells. These cells carried a mutation in a gene called CCR5, which is found on T-cells and used by HIV as a gateway. People who have a mutation to this gene are resistant to HIV.
- There’s also good news on the prevention front. In a study published in Science, researchers have shown that an experimental drug injected into the muscle of monkeys is able to confer temporary protection from HIV infection.