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HIV/AIDS

20 December 2013

Scientists discover how HIV causes Aids

US scientists have discovered the basic mechanisms that allow HIV to wipe out the body's immune system and cause Aids.

Scientists have discovered the basic mechanisms that allow HIV to wipe out the body's immune system and cause Aids, which could lead to new approaches to treatment and research for a cure for the disease that affects 35 million people around the world.

"Our papers deal with the fundamental issue that causes Aids, and that is the loss of CD4 T cells," said Dr Warner Greene of the Gladstone Institutes, an independent biomedical research non-profit based in San Francisco, whose lab produced the research in both papers.

Greene said his team is in negotiations with Vertex for access to its drug, and hopes to come to an agreement soon as to how to proceed. "For the benefit of HIV-infected individuals, this merits testing."

 

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