Saturday, March 01, 2008

Researchers discover gene that blocks HIV

From an article on website of the University of Alberta:
 
A team of researchers at the University of Alberta has discovered a gene that is able to block HIV, and in turn prevent the onset of AIDS.
 
Stephen Barr, a molecular virologist in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, says his team has identified a gene called TRIM22 that can block HIV infection in a cell culture by preventing the assembly of the virus.
"When we put this gene in cells, it prevents the assembly of the HIV virus," said Barr, a postdoctoral fellow. "This means the virus cannot get out of the cells to infect other cells, thereby blocking the spread of the virus."

This is incredibly promising news in the fight against one of the worst diesaeses our world has ever seen.  What surprises me is that this isn't being picked up as much in the latger media.  For Example, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, (which is incidentally the home of the Centers for Disaese Control) puts this news fifth in a "Health Highlights" combo article, below a piece about a recall of Walker's Four Bean Salad.

 

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