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You all might have heard about ‘delta32′ or ‘delta-CCR5′ people in association with HIV infection. People who naturally, by chance, have deletions and mutations in the CCR5 gene of their DNA dont make functional CCR5 proteins. It doesnt appear to be ‘a big deal’, and people who have this particular mutation seem to live normal…

Fun! I like this new idea! Targeted Cytotoxic Therapy Kills Persisting HIV Infected Cells During ART I havent talked about ‘scFv’ on ERV yet, but theyre very handy tools scientists are taking advantage of more and more these days. ‘scFv’s are single-chain variable fragments… not an overly useful name, but what they are are basically…

HIV-1s ancestors just got older-er

More HIV news! HIVs ancestor, SIV (simian immunodeficiency virus), has been around a LOT longer than we previously thought. As I have mentioned before, we always assumed retroviruses like HIV, lentiviruses, are evolutionarily ‘young’. They are relatively complex, so probably ‘newish’ in retrovirus-world, but they do not fossilize well (we have found very few lentiviral…

The second baby

Holy crap the HIV news last week! So much HIV news! First on the list: Early Treatment Is Found to Clear H.I.V. in a 2nd Baby Just in case you have forgotten, the first baby. What happened to ‘the baby cured of HIV’? Now, the second baby– I must emphasize that I only know what…

‘Cure’ for HIV and HepC in Egypt

It is frustrating being a scientist in a political climate that is not supportive of science. But what we have to put up with in the US pales in comparison with something happening right now in Egypt: More from CNN: Egyptian army’s AIDS-cure claim gets harsh criticism Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Abdel-Atti is apparently a total…

What happened to ‘the baby cured of HIV’?

Do you all remember this story from last year? Mississippi Baby Born With HIV ‘Functionally Cured,’ Doctors Say I wrote about it a bit: Wait…Did a kid just get cured of HIV? The sequester and HIV/AIDS But it was hard to say much without a paper. As I was doing some other reading last week,…

If you pay taxes in the US (and many other countries), you are helping fund HIV/AIDS research, including the development of HIV vaccines. This includes my research project, so, YAY! Thank you! What happens, is, we pay taxes. Part of that cash goes to various government agencies to dole out to researchers. When researchers think…

ERV on ‘Trolling with Logic’

Trolling with Logic had me on on Saturday to talk about HIV! They already got the video uploaded– audio only will be ready soon!

Wait, what? Faked HIV vaccine results

This happened over the holidays, and I totally missed it: ISU researcher quits amid allegations of AIDS-research fraud involving millions of federal dollars Han apparently added human blood components to the rabbit blood to skew the results. The human blood came from people whose bodies had produced antibodies to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS,…

Though this paper (the one I began talking about before a holiday break) is the reason for this post, this post is also an opportunity to address a question I have gotten a lot over the years: Is HIV evolving to be more deadly? The short answer would be: No, it doesnt appear to be.…