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Researchers eliminate HIV from mice with gene editing

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Researchers are touting what they call a potential breakthrough in HIV research.

The scientists say they managed to completely eliminate the virus in some mice.

They used a combination of anti-viral therapy and a gene editing technique called CRISPR.

The treatment cleared the virus in about one-third of the mice used in the experiment.

Scientists, however, say they need more research to see if it can be used in human patients.

About 36 million people were living with HIV in 2016 across the globe.

The study was conducted by Temple University and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

The results were published in the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday.

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