Archive for February, 2009

HIV Quickly Evolving Among Large Groups Study

A recent study has concluded that the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) evolves too quickly to avoid the body’s immune defense system. This has caused many researchers to become frustrated as the quest for an AIDS vaccine has become a futile endeavor.According to the study, which was published recently at the journal Nature, mutations in HIV have enable the virus to rapidly evade from everything the researchers have come up in order for our body to fight the virus by itself. In fact, the virus …

Gold Considered for HIV Treatment

A team of researchers have been studying the possibility of using nanoparticles of gold as part of treatment for HIV. According to Christian Melander, a chemistry professor at North Carolina State University and a member of the study team, they are excited about the possibility.”We had some very sound scientific reasoning that we thought this would work and we would get a better result,” said Melander.Particles of gold measuring one billionth of a meter are incorporated on an experimental HIV dr…

Researchers Look into Possibility of a HIV Burn Out

Scientists at a Washington-based pharmaceutical firm are preparing for a third phase of their clinical experiment that hopes to develop a drug they believe would force the HIV to over-replicate and create mutations in its genetic make-up, which ultimately destroys the virus from the human body.Koronis Pharmaceuticals reported in Discovery Channel’s website that the drug, called KP-1461, inserts itself in the genetic replication process, thus causing mutations.  These mutations would then multipl…

Trial for HIV Gene Therapy Begins

Following a theory that a particular gene could enable humans to become immune from the most common type of HIV, recruitment for gene therapy trials has began on February 3, 2009.  This experimental treatment targets HIV patients who have had problems with drug resistance.After the quest to find a cure for HIV has become close to futile, as the drugs that have been tested has actually increased risk of HIV infection, researchers have shifted their focus to developing a therapy that would enable …