Gene Editing Technique Deletes HIV From Human Cell

More Work Needed Before Technique Sees Widespread Use

Scientists claim they’ve been able to edit the HIV virus right out of a human cell, and make the cell immune to re-infection. Researchers at Temple University in Philadelphia say they’ve used a gene editing technique called CRISPR/Cas9 to eliminate HIV DNA from human T cells, and prevented reinfection afterwards. That’s cool and all, but that’s just one cell. More research is needed to find out how to edit all the cells in a body; There’s about 37 trillion of them in you.