Saturday, March 01, 2008

Researchers discover gene that blocks HIV

physorg.com reports: "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 great news, I hope its as good as it promises to be...
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