Via Scoop.it – internetbillboards
Sometimes the best way to catch a mouse is the natural way — with a cat. Using that philosophy,… Using that philosophy, it seems, USC chemical engineering Professor Pin Wang might have just hit one out of the park. The university announced today that he “created a virus that hunts down HIV-infected cells.” You read that right.
A living thing that preys on another living thing (but one we don’t care for). Of course, it’s a little more complicated than that: Wang’s “lentiviral vector” virus doesn’t actually eat or destroy HIV-infected cells, but it does mark them for the kill, accomplished by drugs that can then better target them for destruction.
- USC scientist develops virus that targets HIV (scienceblog.com)
- USC scientist develops virus that targets HIV (eurekalert.org)
- Aging & HIV Positive: A Growing Demographic (lass.org.uk)
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