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THE METAGENE FACTOR: The Metagene is a biological variant lying dormant in select members of the human race
HIV can be flushed out of hiding
BBC World News, January 3, 2005
A protein produced by immune cells could lead to more effective treatments for HIV, US researchers hope. While powerful anti-HIV drugs exist, the virus has learned how to lie dormant in the body and escape their attack. Now virologists at Thomas Jefferson University have found the protein called interleukin-7 can bring some strains of HIV back out of hiding. Their findings appear in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
The Invasion! mini-series provided a concept for why humans in the DC Universe would survive catastrophic events and develop "super powers." One of the Dominators discovered that select members of the human race had a "biological variant" he called the meta-gene (also spelled "metagene"). This gene often lay dormant until an instant of extraordinary physical and emotional stress activates it.