Hormone discovery could lead to cure for HIV

A NOVEL synthetic hormone developed by Australian researchers and trialled in mice has cleared a viral infection similar to HIV, leading to promises of a human therapy.

A synthetic version of the naturally occurring hormone interleukin-7 (IL-7) was used in mice to cure a viral infection similar to HIV, scientists say.

Lead researcher, Dr Marc Pellegrini from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, said the treatment “profoundly” boosted the immune response of T cells in mice.

“We’ve shown persistent use over three weeks