Wednesday, July 16th — HIV’s Achilles’ Heel?

July 16, 2008

Today I Learned…

…that scientists may have discovered an Achilles’ Heel for HIV, the virus which causes AIDS.  The secret apparently lies in a particular protein in the virus, which is necessary for HIV to attach itself to host cells.

Since HIV changes so quickly and limits the body’s ability to create antibodies, traditional preventative vaccines which stimulate antibody production are not really viable options.  The identification of this protein has opened up avenues of research into new therapies which target the virus’s ability to infect host cells.

The article (from is quite technical in parts, but I encourage you to read it if you’re so inclined and want more details about the research or the lab team at the University of Houston which has performed this promising research.  Here’s hoping their next step in this process is fruitful.

Further Reading…


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