Potential cure for HIV discovered

In a breakthrough that could potentially lead to a cure for HIV infection, scientists have discovered a way to remove the virus from infected cells, a study released today said.
The scientists engineered an enzyme which attacks the DNA of the HIV virus and cuts it out of the infected cell, according to the study published in Science magazine.

Potential cure for HIV discovered - Forbes.com

RNAi Research brings hope of curing brain disease

The scientists found that regular injections of RNAi mixed with the rabies virus fragment shut down genes in around half of the cells in the animals' brains and stopped the disease from spreading. Of the mice that received injections, 80% were cured, while all of the mice that were untreated died, the team report in Nature.

Therapies based on RNA interference have become the next great hope for medicine, and a large number are either in or about to start early clinical trials in humans.


Research brings hope of curing brain disease Special reports Guardian Unlimited

As Breeders Test DNA, Dogs Become Guinea Pigs

Free of most of the ethical concerns — and practical difficulties — associated with the practice of eugenics in humans, dog breeders are seizing on new genetic research to exert dominion over the canine gene pool

As Breeders Test DNA, Dogs Become Guinea Pigs - New York Times

12 Gene Tests That Could Change Your Life

In the past three months scientists have unearthed solid evidence for six diabetes-causing gene variants, several variants involved in prostate cancer and an obesity gene that adds 7 pounds of fat if you have the bad version. Two groups have found a genetic quirk on chromosome 9 that boosts your risk of having a heart attack by 40% to 60%. In late May British researchers using a study of 44,000 patients published data pointing to four new genes linked to breast cancer

12 Gene Tests That Could Change Your Life - Forbes.com