Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Israelis test potential cure for HIV

    Scientists at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem have developed a drug that may lead to a cure for HIV.

    Professors Abraham Loyter and Assaf Friedler created a peptide which causes HIV cells to break up, without damaging other cells. This peptide, or small protein, is the main ingredient in the drug, named Gammora.

    The current treatment for HIV involves a variety of drugs that slow down the virus's ability to replicate itself, but do not eliminate it.

    In a lab test at the Kaplan Medical Centre in Rehovot, the new drug appeared to diminish the HIV virus count in blood samples by 97 per cent over an eight-day period. The drug has yet to be put through clinical trials, however.

    Speaking to Israel's Channel 2, Prof Loyter said: "With our approach we eliminate the cells, so there is no chance that the virus will awaken one day, because there will be no cells that contain the virus."

    According to the current estimates, approximately 40 million people in the world have either HIV or Aids. According to the UK's Pink News, the current cost of a lifetime's treatment for HIV is £380,000.

Israel

Israel fire eyewitness: 'We were trying to out-...

Orlando Radice

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Israel fire eyewitness: 'We were trying to out-...
Israel

Arabs and Palestinians around the world celebra...

JC Reporter

Friday, November 25, 2016

Arabs and Palestinians around the world celebra...
Israel

Bibi faces probe over subs deal

Anshel Pfeffer

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Bibi faces probe over subs deal
Israel

Meet the rabbi that's making waves

Tim Marshall

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Meet the rabbi that's making waves
Israel

Tens of thousands evacuated as bush fires rage ...

JC Reporter

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Tens of thousands evacuated as bush fires rage ...
Israel

Israeli rabbis, Hamas founder call for peace

Nathan Jeffay

Israeli rabbis, Hamas founder call for peace
Israel

Israeli navy submarine deal could be sunk

Anshel Pfeffer

Israeli navy submarine deal could be sunk
Israel

New cases for the Negev's genetic detective

Nathan Jeffay

New cases for the Negev's genetic detective
Israel

Israeli rabbis in hot water

Anshel Pfeffer

Israeli rabbis in hot water