Training cells to control AIDS

Los Alamos National Laboratory [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

A new treatment for AIDS has shown promise in controlling the infection in macaques. The new technique is a form of immune therapy that uses the subject’s own blood cells. Cells are exposed to proteins extracted from the simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV, which is similar to the human version, HIV) in vitro and then infused back into the subject. The exposure is thought to ‘train’ the blood cells to recognize the virus so that the immune system can fight it more effectively.

Lab Anim. (NY) 37, 237 (2008).
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