Good News about AIDS – level 2

10-07-2019 07:00

Scientists from the USA made an important breakthrough in treating AIDS. They used special technology which can edit the genes, and they removed the HIV virus in nine out of 21 mice.

Now, the scientists are testing the method on primates (animals like big monkeys), and they want to try the method with people in 2020.

Around 1.1 million people had HIV in the USA in 2016. Right now, people can take pills which stop HIV so they do not get AIDS. However, this does not make them healthy and they must keep taking the pills.

Difficult words: breakthrough (a big step forward in medicine), treat (to stop AIDS or make it go away completely), gene (the information inside a virus or inside our body which tells the virus or parts of our body what to do).

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