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Author Topic: a crucial phase that could be the Achilles' heel of hiv...  (Read 3485 times)

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Offline sunzidog

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a crucial phase that could be the Achilles' heel of hiv...
« on: February 22, 2007, 12:14:07 AM »
"first handshake", scientists hope to be able to study the precise part of the gp120 molecule that acts like the key that opens the CD4 lock, and so which could be the bull's-eye of the vaccine target...

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_technology/article2290687.ece

I like this one~!
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Offline thunter34

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Re: a crucial phase that could be the Achilles' heel of hiv...
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2007, 12:23:02 AM »
Nice read, but I always get some wind knocked out of my sails when I notice AIDS written as Aids. 
AIDS isn't for sissies.

Offline Cheo63

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Re: a crucial phase that could be the Achilles' heel of hiv...
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2007, 12:25:10 AM »
It definitely sounds like a possible breakthrough!!  I pray that it will be!!

Offline sunzidog

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Re: a crucial phase that could be the Achilles' heel of hiv...
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2007, 12:28:11 AM »
I like how they dont have promises included... only facts.  And I think they were in a rush to get this one out... probably why they forgot to to make AIDS in all caps  :P
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Offline bimazek

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Re: a crucial phase that could be the Achilles' heel of hiv...
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2007, 12:34:11 AM »
i believe that if this leads to a vaccine that is "capable of eliciting a robust antibody response" then it can be used as a therapudic vaccine for those of us already infected

the article state....

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says that Dr Kwong's study provides a long-sought picture of the precise interaction between the gp120 surface protein of HIV and a neutralising antibody. "This finding could help in the development of an HIV vaccine capable of eliciting a robust antibody response," Dr Fauci says.

If so, then the Holy Grail of Aids medicine may have been finally found, with millions of lives saved with the help of an effective HIV vaccine.

Resistance movement: viruses that have yet to be conquered

Offline thunter34

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Re: a crucial phase that could be the Achilles' heel of hiv...
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2007, 12:34:59 AM »
Well, that (the CAPS thing) actually says more about the writers and editors of the Independent than it really does about the research in the story.  That's something they should have caught right off the bat.  I won't let their error get in the way of hoping, though.  Thanks for the link.
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Offline sunzidog

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Re: a crucial phase that could be the Achilles' heel of hiv...
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2007, 12:49:39 AM »
ok so the article states that "Sugar molecules cover HIV in what amounts to a magic cloak that makes the virus invisible to the immune system"... does that mean we should stop eating sugar... would that help? lol... Im willing to give it a shot for a while.
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Offline bobino

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Re: a crucial phase that could be the Achilles' heel of hiv...
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2007, 01:39:20 AM »
Nice read, but I always get some wind knocked out of my sails when I notice AIDS written as Aids. 

I think that the all caps spelling "AIDS" is standard in the U.S.  I think that in Britain it's common to spell it with only an initial capital -- "Aids." 

Interestingly, languages such as French and Spanish use no capitals at all.  It's simply "sida."

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