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HIV/AIDS

Updated 30 October 2013

Geneticists map human resistance to HIV

The immune system struggle leaves genetic mutations within the HIV virus, which may be used for individualised treatment strategies.

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By studying strains of HIV that have been living in human hosts, the researchers can identify specific genetic mutations. These are like scars that each bear witness to a very specific attack launched by the immune system. What are the human genes involved in these defence strategies? And which, among all our genetic variations, predispose us to increased HIV resistance or, on the contrary, increased vulnerability? The scientists developed a method that allowed them to find answers to these questions.

 

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