(Yicai Global) Nov. 3 -- Scientists from China and France are collaborating for the next four years on virus research on HIV and hepatitis B at the China-France international joint lab, established by Institut Pasteur of Shanghai Chinese Academy of Sciences.
This lab will be jointly headed by Dr. Serge Benichou at Institut Cochin affiliated to INSERM and Dr. Wang Jianhua at Institut Pasteur of Shanghai Chinese Academy of Sciences, both of whom have studied the HIV virus for over two decades.
"The lab is devoted to exploring the control of HIV replication mechanisms via host cells and searching for new remedies for a radical cure. Preliminary progress has been made so far but future efforts will focus on the research and development of an AIDS vaccine," Dr. Wang told reporters.
Dr. Zhou Baoluo at Institut Pasteur, who once worked with Dr. Benichou, told Yicai Global that an antibody developed by Dr. Benichou has entered the preclinical testing stage.
A commonly deployed treatment for AIDS at present is known as 'cocktail therapy', which has proven ineffective in eradicating the virus from patients' bodies and requires them to take retroviral medicine every day to prevent the virus from reappearing.
Dr. Wang's lab is working on CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing techniques and other new methods to eradicate the HIV virus and cure AIDS once and for all. "The popular gene editing techniques provide a glimmer of hope for scientists," Dr. Wang told Yicai Global.