Researchers use CRISPR gene editing to uncover potential HIV treatments

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Using CRISPR researchers have identified 86 genes that could be associated with HIV replication and disease, opening doors to research on how the virus behaves in the body. 

A research team from Northwestern Medicine (IL, USA) has published the results of a study utilizing advances in CRISPR gene editing technology to identify potential treatments for HIV. The team aimed to understand how HIV establishes infection in the human body and how the virus uses cells to spread across the whole physiological system. To do so, the team utilized CRISPR to deduce the human genes necessary for HIV to infect the blood.

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