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Researchers Halt Spread Of HIV With RNAi In Animal Model

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posted on Aug, 8 2008 @ 09:09 AM
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Researchers Halt Spread Of HIV With RNAi In Animal Model


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ScienceDaily (Aug. 8, 2008) — Hopes languished last September when a promising candidate HIV vaccine failed to work. Despite this setback, many researchers still believe immunization is possible, and a new study suggests they're correct—at least at the cellular level.

Working in mice infected with HIV, a team used a method called RNA interference to knock down three genes in T cells, protecting them from the virus. This method seemed to prevent HIV from jumping between cells in the mice.

"For the first time, we've used RNAi to dramatically suppress HIV infection in an organism," says corresponding author Premlata Shankar, who conducted the work while she was a junior investigator at the Harvard Medical School-affiliated Immune Disease Institute and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Shankar is now a professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso.
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posted on Aug, 8 2008 @ 09:09 AM
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There are a lot of promising experiments going on for both AIDS and cancer and one of the things they share in common is unlike radiation and chemo for cancer and AZT for AIDS they don't poison the body in the process.

If this works it would be very very good but what we really need (besides education) are really cheap solutions so that everybody can afford it...

... not something that only the rich can afford.

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posted on Aug, 8 2008 @ 09:32 AM
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Hey... something cheap and effective?

People should try using protection when you have sex, not sharing needles etc... all very cheap and very effective at stopping the spread of HIV!!



posted on Aug, 8 2008 @ 09:35 AM
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This is true but you and I both know its also simplistic... I mentioned eductation... but besides that there is a matter of curing the already suffering.



posted on Aug, 8 2008 @ 09:40 AM
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Seriously then, I think genetic cures for things like this are definately the way forward... these diseases that affect your body on such a base level like cancer and HIV... they have to be fought at that level.

Imagine if they built this into a cure that was cheap and easy.. ship it to Africa and one of their major setbacks to development is gone.

But they'd still need that education more than anything, like ya said.




 
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