Francoise Barre-Sinoussi: HIV cure is almost impossible
Jul 23, 2015 · Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, who co-discovered HIV, explains why finding a cure is so hard.
Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, Nobel Prize laureate and co-discoverer of HIV in 1983, said that in her opinion a cure for HIV “is almost an impossible mission,” but a “functional cure” and vaccine might be achievable.
But difficult to say today, because we do not have a cure. I am not sure, by the way, we will have a cure. I used to say to develop a cure for HIV is an impossible mission. What about a ”functional cure”? I prefer to say remission (when the virus is brought down to low levels in the body) That’s possible.
Born in Paris, France, Barré-Sinoussi performed some of the fundamental work in the identification of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as the cause of AIDS. In 2008, Barré-Sinoussi was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, together with her former mentor, Luc Montagnier, for their discovery of HIV.
Alma mater: University of Paris
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Barré-Sinoussi is today considered one of the leading contributors to HIV science after more than 35 years of research, having co-authored 240 scientific publications and registered 17 scientific patents.
Best known as the co-discoverer of HIV, French scientist Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, MD, PhD, told CNN that a cure for HIV “is almost an impossible mission.”Why? “Because the reservoir of cells is not only in the blood,” the Nobel Prize winner explained.
Best known as the co-discoverer of HIV, French scientist Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, MD, PhD, told CNN that a cure for HIV “is almost an impossible mission.” Why? “Because the reservoir of cells is not only in the blood,” the Nobel Prize winner explained.