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Gene scan finds hundreds of possible AIDS targets

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posted on Jan, 11 2008 @ 12:17 PM
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Gene scan finds hundreds of possible AIDS targets


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Researchers have found more than 200 possible new targets for better AIDS drugs by doing a kind of backward search -- looking at human cells to see what resources they have that can be hijacked by the deadly virus.

They scanned all the genes in the human genome and found 273 protein-coding genes that the human immunodeficiency virus uses to infect cells and propagate itself.
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posted on Jan, 11 2008 @ 12:17 PM
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This is just the begining. If you believe HIV causes AIDS and isn't a host of other conditions, then this is THE discovery. Each one of the 273 genes are now up for attack via the newly discovered siRNA.

They used a new method called small interfering RNAs or siRNAs. The discovery of RNA interference won the 2006 Nobel Prize in medicine for Andrew Fire of Stanford University and Craig Mello at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

DNA carries the genetic code of an organism. RNA is the genetic material used to translate this code into something a cell can actually use to do something.

Small interfering RNAs are bits of this material. "It is specialized to interfere with one particular gene," Elledge said.

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This is awesome!

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