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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Baby Steps 

The news today brings two very exciting bits about HIV, but they're still only small steps towards a cure or vaccine. First off, NIH researchers seem to have found a way to coax HIV out of latency, which would allow for better control of infections and, when we have more technology, eradication. So very cool.

The second study is really amazing. It seems that the ever-popular (and controversial) statins have a new benefit: they may block HIV!! Bloody amazing. You gotta wonder what it is about these drugs that makes them so widely beneficial...and what other effects they have that aren't yet apparent.

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