Scientists Discover Protein, called TRIM5alpha, That Could Lead to Anti-HIV Gene Therapy

  • metta

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    Feb 01, 2016 10:37 PM GMT


    "This disease-slaying protein, called TRIM5alpha, can stop HIV and related viruses right in their tracks, preventing them from replicating and infecting more cells. The protein can also power up our immune system, which can further help us fight the HIV infection."

    http://www.hivequal.org/hiv-equal-online/scientists-discover-protein-that-could-lead-to-anti-hiv-gene-therapy
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    Feb 02, 2016 3:05 AM GMT
    Ugh; good point about the given link being poorly written. Fortunately, the weird response piece cited a better article:

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/e-suh010816.php

    Better yet, it appears the original publication is freely available:

    http://www.heliyon.com/article/e00056/

    Looks quite rigorous and thorough to me, though it's way over my head. icon_redface.gif

    EDIT: The first link points out that early gene therapies involving immune response manipulation are likely to have undesirable side effects. So you're right, MMTM, about this not being likely to produce immediate results; however, it also suggests that the next steps may be somewhat concrete and may actually even be lab-testable. Two steps forward, one step back.
  • FRE0

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    Feb 02, 2016 8:34 PM GMT
    The Internet is a wonderful source of information. It is also a source of disinformation. Using the internet for information requires good critical thinking ability and the willingness to take the time to compare multiple sources.