Archive for April 30th, 2009

Sleeping Gene May Hold Key to HIV Prevention

An ongoing research has a hot topic among health experts as a long-dormant gene could hold the key in protecting humans from HIV. Nitya Venkataraman of the University of Central Florida has managed to reawaken a group of guardian genes called retrocyclins, which has been sleeping in our genomes for over 7 million years.  The retrocyclins enable monkeys to protect themselves from viruses similar to HIV and this research hopes that it can do the same for humans.  Several safety tests and clinical …