This week’s news: More discussion of whether the Berlin patient is cured, breast milk blocks HIV, interview with Dr. Peter Piot, NIH panel recommends reducing the number of trainees, UK government report cheers open access, and a promising gene therapy approach to an HIV cure
Bone-marrow transplants as a ‘cure’ for AIDS? – continued discussion on the Berlin patient’s blood results, which showed evidence of HIV infection. Aside from the reliability of test results, the story raises the larger issue of defining what it means to be “cured” from HIV infection. Additional coverage by:
Breast milk blocks HIV transmission in mice, study finds – using a humanized mouse model, researchers at UNC show that mixing HIV with human breast milk blocks oral transmission of the virus. It is not clear how applicable this result is to the scenario of infant breastfeeding by HIV-positive mothers.