Thursday, August 6, 2009

HIV revealed

We have our first map of the entire genetic code of HIV! The AIDS-causing virus was decoded by scientists at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill led by Kevin Weeks, PhD. Understanding how the virus infects its victims and outsmarts the human immune system is a boon to the discovery and development of new treatments.

Said Weeks, "We are...beginning to understand tricks the genome uses to help the virus escape detection by the human host." The study is published as the cover story of the August 6 issue of Nature.

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