Scientists hail potential cure for AIDS

Scientists from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research say they have made a breakthrough that could lead to a potential cure for AIDS.

Associate Professor David Harrich says they have discovered how to modify a protein in HIV so that, instead of replicating, it protects against the infection.

I consider that this is fighting fire with fire, he said.

What we’ve actually done is taken a normal virus protein that the virus needs to grow, and we’ve changed this protein, so that instead of assisting the virus, it actually impedes virus replication and does it quite strongly.

Associate Professor Harrich says the modified protein cannot cure HIV but it has protected human cells from AIDS in the laboratory — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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