Archive for January, 2008

Ugandans Turn to Lizard Blood for AIDS

Desperate HIV/AIDS patients in northwestern Uganda have resorted to an unlikely therapy: by injecting themselves with blood from an uncommon type of lizard.Natives believe that the reptile, identified by scientists as Varanus albigularis albigularis (white-throated monitor lizard) and locally known as Lepe, provides a panacea for HIV virus.A recent HIV/AIDS Stake Holders’ Meeting in the Yumbe district have presented various video testimonies from some people living with the chronic disease who c…

Research Finds Over 200 Human Proteins that Play a Role in HIV Transmission

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have found and identified 273 human proteins that Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) uses to infect cells and reproduce, which could lead to the development of new HIV/ AIDS therapies. This report was released in January 10, 2008 issue of Science magazine.A relatively-new technique called a “genome-wide scan” was used in this study, where over 21,000 protein-encoding human genes were scanned and then blocked each one individually to see whether the blocked p…