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WVXU: How re-engineering HIV patient's blood may lead to a cure

Researchers at UC are collaborating in a study that will pinpoint and alter a specific gene in people with HIV. The hope is that process will lower the amount of HIV in the person’s body, and could possibly lead to the development of a cure for HIV.

WVXU interviewed Carl Fichtenbaum of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UC College of Medicine about the TRAILBLAZER study which will target and modify the C-C motif chemokine receptor (CCR5) gene, creating a mutation that prohibits the entry of HIV into specific white blood cells called lymphocytes.

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