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July 22, 2009 -- Scientists believe they have found a "missing link" in the evolution of the virus that causes AIDS. It bridges the gap between the infection that does no harm to most monkeys and the one that kills millions of people. That link is a virus that is killing chimpanzees in the wild at a disturbingly high rate, according to a study in Thursday's journal Nature.
Chimpanzees are the first primate besides man shown to get sick in the wild in significant numbers from a virus related to HIV. Chimps are also man's closest relative among primates.
And chimps are already endanger
Originally posted by HunkaHunka
Hopefully this takes us one step closer to a cure...
Which makes me think... If a virus can mutate from a benign form to a destructive form, couldn't we cure ourselves by helping it to mutate into a new benign form?
Just a thought.
Originally posted by ChemBreather
reply to post by Aggie Man
Speculations ? ok, why are this Ph.d's going on the news and say it is the case? An american drug company found hiv in the asprint and figured they sell it to europe to make cash on it !!
Several studies have reported that ascorbic acid (vitamin C) can inactivate poliovirus, herpesvirus, vaccinia virus, and hepatitis virus. Other studies have found that ascorbic acid can prevent the intracellular replication of rhinovirus, Rous sarcoma virus and human T cell leukemia virus. Some studies have indicated that vitamin C can improve the conditions of patients with poliomyelitis, hepatitis and infectious mononucleosis. Twenty different studies have reported that vitamin C can protect against the common cold and reduce the severity of cold symptoms. In a recent study, ascorbic acid was shown to inhibit the activity and growth of the AIDS virus, also known as human immunodeficiency virus or HIV. Several reports have described clinical improvement in patients with AIDS after they took large doses of vitamin C. This study was performed to determine if ascorbic acid can inhibit the growth of HIV. This virus attacks and destroys white blood cells called T lymphocytes. When T lymphocytes infected with HIV were grown in culture, ascorbic acid inhibited the growth of the virus by inhibiting the activity of an enzyme called reverse transcriptase (an enzyme that makes DNA). When ascorbic acid was removed from the culture, HIV began to replicate again. Ascorbic acid is an antioxidant that protects cells from damage caused by oxidation. Two other antioxidants (thiol-containing reducing agents), N-acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) and glutathione (GSH), were tested for their ability to inhibit the growth of HIV in infected T lymphocytes. NAC inhibited HIV replication, but GSH had no effect. Although NAC was not as effective as ascorbic acid, the greatest effect was observed when NAC and ascorbic acid were used together. These results indicate that ascorbic acid has antiviral activity against HIV and may be of therapeutic value in controlling HIV replication in infected patients. Approximately 12 grams of vitamin C would have the be taken to equal the dose of ascorbic acid used in these experiments. Intravenous infusion would be the best way to deliver such a high dose of vitamin C. (Consumer Summary produced by Reliance Medical Information, Inc.)