HIV cure research 'must not jeopardise existing projects'
Steve Connor is the Science Editor of The Independent. He has won many awards for his journalism, including five-times winner of the prestigious British science writers’ award; the David Perlman Award of the American Geophysical Union; twice commended as specialist journalist of the year in the UK Press Awards; UK health journalist of the year and a special merit award of the European School of Oncology for his investigative journalism. He has a degree in zoology from the University of Oxford and has a special interest in genetics and medical science, human evolution and origins, climate change and the environment.
Friday 20 July 2012
The adoption of a new scientific Aids strategy to cure HIV rather than simply treat it with drugs for many years should not divert funding away from existing anti-Aids projects, a Nobel prize-winning scientist said yesterday.
Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, who shared the Nobel prize for co-discovering the Aids virus, said that a cure for HIV had become a possibility in the light of evidence that it was possible for people to shrug off infection without the long-term help of anti-retroviral drugs.
"The science has been telling us for some time that achieving a cure for HIV infection could be a realistic possibility. The time is right to take the opportunity to try and develop an HIV cure – we might regret never having tried," Professor Barré-Sinoussi said. Speaking last night at a conference in Washington to launch a strategy document on "HIV cure research", Professor Barré-Sinoussi warned that nothing must jeopardise existing measures aimed at treating and preventing HIV infection.
"Under no circumstances should the inclusion of 'cure' in the global response direct funding away from treatment, prevention and care programmes, or from biomedical research on HIV and its consequences, including vaccine and other prevention research," she said.
Professor Barré-Sinoussi, who carried out her Nobel prize-winning research at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, is the president-elect of the International Aids Society, which last year convened a group of 34 leading HIV researchers to formulate a strategy for the discovery of a cure.
The strategy highlights the case of Timothy Brown, the "Berlin Patient", who is the first person to be cured of HIV following two bone-marrow transplants to treat leukaemia.
- 1 iOS 8 apps and features: eight iPhone settings you need to look at after you install the update
- 2 Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 3 'F*ck it, I quit': TV reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 4 Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
- 5 Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
Rihanna 'nude photos' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
Khorasan: Muhsin al-Fadhli - the man leading a terror group more feared by US officials than Isis
'F*ck it, I quit': TV reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
Alicia Keys leaks nude photo 'to create a kinder and more peaceful world'
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
£120 - £162 per day: Randstad Education Hull: ENGLISH TEACHER REQUIRED - Humbe...
£120 - £162 per day: Randstad Education Hull: We are looking for a Qualified C...
£100 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Hull: Randstad Education are currently...
£90 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Hull: Year 1 Primary Supply Teachers ne...