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Offline parteboy

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is a HIV research wiki a good idea?
« on: December 25, 2009, 06:30:42 PM »
Hi all,

not sure if this is the right forum for this general comment but I was wondering if anyone has ever thought of building a hiv research wiki? Whilst these forums are great to keep uptodate it takes ages to find stuff. One of the things I have noticed is really there is no central repository of all research. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to go to a web site and see what is being researched and the current status of it? I'm sure it would also help in the field of reseach in that people can quickly cross reference any work they are doing.

your thoughts...

Offline burr0108

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Re: is a HIV research wiki a good idea?
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2009, 08:00:11 PM »
Interesting idea.  One problem with this site (and would subsequently be a problem with a wiki) would be separating out the junk science and research from the real meat.  There is a lot of science fiction on the net about where HIV research COULD be in 10-20 years.  However, I am more interested in dealing with present day realities and studies that are actually being done now.

Furthermore, from my own literature searches (which I have done extensively), HIV research has temporarily hit a plateau.  We could be there for the next 5-10 years.  The first big wave of excitement came with the advent of AZT in 1987.  Then there was excitement surrounding the advent of HAART and the Protease inhibitors around 1996.  Then in 2006, another wave of excitement came with the advent of the integrase inhibitors, entry inhibitors, and CCR5 inhibitors.  As it seems around every 10 years, something BIG happens in HIV/AIDS research.  Some people on this forum like playing what-if games.  However, I like to take a more cautious approach and wait to see what is actually happening.

Finally, what we do have for drugs now is good (obviously could be better, though).  A person who is diagnosed early and who adheres to their meds for their lifetime can live a more or less healthy life for more or less their full natural life span.

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Re: is a HIV research wiki a good idea?
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2009, 03:21:40 PM »
The idea is great but the wiki of the scientist are made of paper.
Scientists won't publish anywhere else that in an scientific journal (and the most possible renewed one).

Still, publishing a research is not like posting an article in a wiki.
Wikipedia is to act as an encyclopedia but it won't be an appropriate tool for publishing on going research.

Among the problems: Credibility, copyrights, renowned, visibility, money, etc

Now a wiki just talking about on-going research is nice. But it won't serve the research itself.

And there are numerous of such site, some maintained by doctors, associations, etc
Most of them have a forum instead of a wiki.

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If it can be of any interest, I am personally working on such tool (a tool able to collect, filter, classify, publish) all the research made on HIV (or any others subjects). A google like, with addons to provide some added values to the results of the search made (sort of data mining)

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Re: is a HIV research wiki a good idea?
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2009, 06:36:18 PM »
John's points are well taken. In March of this year Science Magazine published a piece calling for an HIV Latency Collaboratory, stating that:

A coordinated initiative involving academia, industry, government, and patient advocates could greatly accelerate the identification of potential interventions and their clinical assessment. We conceive an initiative, termed here a collaboratory, in which the government contributes funding, regulatory oversight, and coordination; industry contributes funding, drug discovery, technology, and expertise; and academia contributes ideas and investigative capacity. Long-term support for a flexible, collaborative public-private joint venture might improve efficiency and conserve resources, while at the same time catalyzing progress that no single group could achieve.

The goal of the collaboratory would be to accelerate basic discovery and the clinical translation of these discoveries that allows for eradication of HIV in infected patients or at least a stable drug-free remission. This collaboratory is designed to include all interested investigators with meritorious ideas. These investigators will be funded via the collaboratory and will have access to a range of core technologies provided by the collaboratory that should promote scientific synergy and enhanced experimental efficiency. The collaboratory would be governed by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives from each of the partners in the joint venture. HTS, high-throughput screening; IP, intellectual property; and siRNA, small interfering RNA.

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Re: is a HIV research wiki a good idea?
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2009, 07:22:17 AM »
A website of this nature (wiki) would have to be rigorously policed as it would probably attract aids denialists in droves. This forum used to be a big target for denialists but they don't bother much any more because they know I'm here to kick them out and ban their IP as soon as they appear. ;D

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