center for systems

& synthetic biology

an NIGMS national systems biology center


Engineering interference to outsmart HIV

February 1, 2013

Center investigator Leor Weinberger and colleagues are applying synthetic biology approaches to treating viral infections such as HIV.

In work highlighted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Weinberger and colleagues are developing therapeutic 'interfering particles' to trick HIV, ultimately resulting in viruses which are no longer able to replicate. Such therapies may also be applicable to treating other viruses or diseases such as cancer, potentially leading to a renaissance in viral-based therapies.