Israeli researchers said they have discovered a way of killing off cells infected with HIV that offered hope for a cure for the disease.
The technique involved getting the virus to overload the host cell with viral DNA, which made the cell self-destruct and kill off the virus.
However they warned that so far they have only "cured" HIV in small dishes of cells in a laboratory. Their findings would be published in the journal Aids Research and Therapy.
Antiretroviral therapy, the medical world's strongest existing weapon against the virus, stopped HIV from replicating, but did not