Timothy Ray Brown’s HIV cure has been replicated in mice. Researchers from the University of California have genetically engineered human stem cells to be HIV resistant. These cells were then purified and implanted in mice. Six months after being infected with two strains of HIV, the mice maintain normal CD4 cell counts and continue to test negative for the virus.
“This brings us closer to mimicking the results observed with the Berlin Patient”, said the study’s authors — who are now poised to evaluate the effectiveness of the gene therapy in human clinical trials.