Scientists Discover A Potential Anti-HIV Protein In Corals

Whilst screening the National Cancer Institute’s extract repository, scientists discovered a new class of proteins from a feathery coral found in Australian waters. It transpires that these proteins, called cnidarins, are in fact potent inhibitors of HIV entry into T-cells in laboratory tests. At a time when over 35 million people worldwide are infected with […]

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Scientists Discover Gene Mutation That Could Be Used To Cure HIV

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UNICEF French scientists have discovered a spontaneous change in genetic code that prevented two HIV-positive men from becoming ill. The two men, a 57-year-old diagnosed with HIV in 1985 and a 23-year-old diagnosed in 2011, have never experienced symptoms of AIDS — the disease doesn’t even show up in their blood. Researchers sequenced the genetic code of […]

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Where Did HIV Come From?

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Everyone has heard of HIV. According to estimates by the World Health Organization and the Joint United Nations Programe on HIV/AIDS, 34 million people around the world had HIV in 2010. Globally, around 6000 people die every day from HIV related illnesses. Yet the virus itself was only identified a few decades ago. Where did it all begin? […]

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