Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Oklahoma scientists looking at HIV differently

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Research into the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes AIDS has been going strong for about two decades now, with some success and high-end drugs that have helped those with HIV live fuller (and longer) lives. Two microbiologists at the University of Oklahoma have a different way at looking at the problem, though.

Mark Lang and John West intend to study the basic aspects of the immune system instead of focusing on the complex aspects of the virus in an attempt to shed new light into what can be done to help the human body rid itself of HIV.

The two have postulated that understanding the immune system more in-depth may be more important than targeting HIV itself. In fact, Lang stated that "we've only been able to fully understand the immune system's function in the last five years" in an attempt to state that focus may need to change from where it has been to where it needs to go for a potential breakthrough.

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