Thursday, July 31, 2008

Possible breakthrough in the fight against HIV

A Houston lab has found what it calls an "Achilles Heel" that can be exploited to destroy the HIV virus. The virus resists destruction by mutating constantly, thus staying ahead of any medication sent in to kill it. However, the virus needs to keep one part of itself stable. Doctors can now send in "abzymes" to exploit that part of the virus, and "permanently disarm" the HIV virus. Lab and animal tests look good; the next step is human trials.

This could be a big deal. Here's hoping, eh?