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From left: David Margolis, MD, J. Victor Garcia, PhD, and Richard Dunham, PhD (credit: Jon Gardiner, UNC-Chapel Hill)

January 22, 2020

Researchers Reverse HIV Latency, Important Scientific Step Toward Cure

Overcoming HIV latency – induction of HIV in CD4+ T cells that lay dormant throughout the body – is a major step toward creating a cure for HIV. For the first time, scientists at UNC-Chapel Hill, Emory University, and Qura Therapeutics – a partnership between UNC and ViiV Healthcare – have shown that a new approach can expose latent HIV to attack in two different animal model systems with little or no toxicity.