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New Immune Stem Cell Research shows promise to fight HIV infection

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Dr. Scott Kitchen, an associate professor at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, has conducted over a dozen studies on stem-cell generated immune cells capable of defending the body against HIV infection. Since its mysterious discovery in 1982, HIV/AIDS has claimed the lives of an estimated 35 million people worldwide by weakening immune systems and leaving individuals susceptible to common illnesses. In order to combat weakened immune systems, Kitchen introduced the idea of stem-cell generated T cells—cells responsible for fighting viruses and bacteria—that have been successful in combating HIV infection. According to The Daily Beast, the modification of T cells can be done in a clinical setting and can hopefully change the way we approach medicine and healing.


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