Scientists use gene-editing tool CRISPR in attempt to cure HIV

The first attempt to use the gene-editing tool CRISPR to cure HIV infection was unsuccessful but the approach does show promise.

Chinese researchers used the tool to give a patient blood cells that were altered to resist the AIDS-causing virus, the Associated Press reported.

The study was published online Sept. 11 in the New England Journal of Medicine. It is the first published report of trying to use CRISPR to treat a disease in an adult, according to the AP.

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