Has BYU prof found AIDS cure?

Two exciting possibilities in the fight against AIDS have emerged in the mainstream press the same week as the “Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections” was held in Denver…

Compound could be long-sought breakthrough

“We received these agents [from BYU] in early October and our initial results began to culminate by November 2005. We have since reproduced all our results many times,” he said. “We have some preliminary but very exciting results [but] we would like to formally show this before making any claims that would cause unwanted hype.”

What studies to date show is a compound that attacks HIV at its molecular membrane level, disrupting the virus from interacting with their primary targets, the “T-helper” class white blood cells that comprise and direct the human immune system. Further, CSAs appear to be deadly to all known strains of HIV.

In addition to being a potential checkmate to HIV, the compounds show indications of being just as effective against other diseases plaguing humankind – among them influenza, possibly even the dread bird flu, along with smallpox and herpes.

and…

Drug combination prevents HIV infection in monkeys.

“An injection of two drugs normally used to treat HIV patients completely protected monkeys from becoming infected with the AIDS virus, U.S. researchers reported on Monday.

While it is too early to tell whether people can pop a pill and escape infection, the study provides the strongest evidence yet that it might be possible, the researchers said.”

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Posted on by Joshua Dysart Posted in Journal, Science & Tech

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