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Medicine

Submission + - A likely key to rhesus monkey HIV immunity (kurzweilai.net)

Kurofuneparry writes: In biochemistry seminary I learned that some humans and rhesus monkeys generally seem to be immune to the HIV pathogen. The puzzle has been a 'holy grail' and may have just been solved: "Loyola researchers have identified six (6) individual amino acids, located in a previously little-studied region of the TRIM5a protein, that are critical in the ability of the protein to inhibit viral infection." While the title of the article is wrong (they didn't discover the protein, just some of it's nature in rhesus), this discovery is a major step forward along one of the few present hopes for an HIV/AIDS cure. Let the puns about 'rhesus pieces of sequences' ensue...
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A likely key to rhesus monkey HIV immunity

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