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Author Topic: Gates grant goes to HIV researcher  (Read 1705 times)

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Offline Inchlingblue

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Gates grant goes to HIV researcher
« on: May 08, 2009, 01:22:05 PM »
This sounds like good news, I just did not think that $100,000 could go too far these days.....

The $100,000 grant will go to a researcher exploring ways to block a protein in HIV, possibly decreasing HIV mutation rate.

PUBLISHED: 05/06/2009   

The University of Minnesota has received $100,000 Grand Challenges Exploration grant, from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation , to support a research project studying a potential method to help eliminate AIDS.

The project, titled “Mortalizing HIV – A Novel Method to Help Eradicate AIDS,” is being conducted by Associate Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics Professor Rueben Harris .

The project was one of 81 grants awarded across the world by the Gates Foundation during the grant’s second funding round. To receive the funding Harris showed in a two-page application how his idea might lead to significant advances in global health, according to a news release.

Harris, who has been studying mutation mechanisms for more than 15 years, is testing a hypothesis that a certain human cellular protein* contributes to the high mutation rates, enabling HIV to elude immune responses and ant-retroviral drugs, the release said. Interventions that block this protein could lead to more effective immune responses and HIV treatment, the release said.

The Grand Challenges Exploration is a five-year, $100 million initiative to promote innovation in global health



*I believe the protein in question here is APOBEC3G


« Last Edit: May 08, 2009, 01:42:03 PM by Inchlingblue »

Offline emeraldize

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Re: Gates grant goes to HIV researcher
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2009, 05:08:37 PM »


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