Hunting Down HIV Holdouts
Discovering where HIV lingers in the body could lead to a cure.
HIV/AIDS is no longer a death sentence, thanks to now-standard treatments — particularly highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). But even with HAART, HIV can linger in brain and immune cells, reactivating years later to cause heart, kidney and neurological problems. Now, a new method that hunts down these HIV holdouts could lead to the first true cure for HIV/AIDS.
HIV, which infects about 35 million people worldwide, infiltrates cells, slips its genome into chromosomes and turns the...