Advances in gene silencing on the agenda Recent advances in using ‘RNA interference’ to improve plant, animal and human health will be the main focus of the CSIRO-hosted Horizons in Livestock Sciences Conference about the Gold Coast from 12-15 September. Based on the conference’s theme: ‘Gene silencing and therapeutic innovations’, 26 Australian and international specialists will present addresses highlighting RNAi’s potential benefits click here . CSIRO Livestock Industries’ Chief, Shaun Coffey, says that while RNAi offers been evolving in plant life and animals over millions of years, scientists just discovered the process and its benefits in the 1990s.
Professor Lewin stated treatment against HIV was impressive but would have to be life-lengthy as there was no treatment for the virus. A cure for HIV is now regarded as a major scientific concern, Professor Lewin said. We now have a very good understanding of why current remedies don't cure HIV. It is because the virus manages to find yourself in a cell, become part of the patient's DNA and stay silent. There is a lot of work being completed, including in the Department of Infectious Diseases at Monash, using brand-new ways to 'wake up' the sleeping virus to make it visible to medicines and the disease fighting capability. This is one strategy that 1 day might lead to a cure, Professor Lewin said..