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Homing Endonucleases for the Cure of Latent HIV Infection

Keith Jerome of the University of Washington in the U.S. will utilize a class of proteins called homing endonucleases, which have the ability to cut DNA sequences, to target the DNA sequences unique to HIV, thus disabling the virus from making any more copies of itself. This project's Phase I research demonstrated that homing endonucleases can find a model virus hidden in the genes of infected cells. In Phase II, Jerome's team is now modifying these proteins in hopes of producing several that can specifically target and destroy HIV within infected cells.

More information about Create New Ways to Prevent or Cure HIV Infection (Round 1)

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