OMAHA — Human immunodeficiency virus was deemed incurable for decades as scientists were unable to overcome its resistance to vaccines and were incapable of preventing it from mutating and integrating itself into the host’s DNA.

Those days of HIV being an unstoppable virus are coming to a close, researchers say.

Through a combination of drugs developed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and gene-editing therapy pioneered at Temple University, physician-scientists announced this summer they were successful in eliminating the virus in living animals for the very first time.

The spread of the news around the world, in outlets big and small, as well as on social media, was named one of the top 100 scientific breakthroughs of 2019, according to Altmetric, which tracks the dissemination of research online beyond citations in scientific journals.

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