July 24, 2017

HIV and cancer teams double up to seek out new disease killers

Written by Kate Kelland

This article originally appeared on Reuters.

LONDON, (Reuters) – HIV experts at an international conference starting on Saturday are keenly courting colleagues in oncology to explore whether advances in harnessing the immune system against cancer can help the search for a cure for AIDS.

The two diseases, while very different in many ways, have some key crossover points when it comes to developing new treatments, specialists say – most notably the immune system, its crucial T-cells, and its ability to fight-off invaders.

“The parallels between HIV persistence and cancer are striking,” said Francoise Barré-Sinoussi, former president of the International AIDS Society (IAS), which is hosting a week-long conference in Paris.

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