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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Health - New Milestone In Fight Against AIDS

Yay!! Auntie Beeb sez:
A natural ingredient of human blood has been shown to block HIV, raising hopes of a new class of drugs to treat infection with the virus.

The molecule works in a way different to current antiretroviral therapies, and so could be a new line of attack.

Researchers found its potency could be boosted by making tiny changes to its chemical structure. It also worked against drug resistant HIV strains.
Paraphrasing from the study performed at the University of Ulm, results apparently published in this month's Cell.

This is especially important in light of the increase of drug-resistant strains of AIDS:
The UK has some of the highest levels of resistance to HIV medication in the world - and levels are increasing, research suggests.

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