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  • How a House Finch Disease Reshaped What We Know About Epidemics

    One team of researchers was able to study a highly virulent disease in House Finches. Their recent paper in PLOS Biology sheds light on what makes some disease-causing microbes, or pathogens, more harmful than others.

    30 January 2014 | Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Bursting HIV’s bubble

    HIV has a fatty outer membrane similar to that surrounding a living cell. This membrane probably acts like a balloon—in other words the pressure inside it is greater than the pressure outside it. That means it can be burst, which is what some scientists believe provides the driving force by which a virus injects its genetic material into a cell in order to infect it.

    18 October 2013 | The Economist
  • Cocaine May Fuel HIV Acquisition and Its Spread Between Cells

    Cocaine may increase an individual’s likelihood of acquiring HIV, by stimulating a pair of receptors on inactive CD4 cells. The findings are limited by the fact that the research was not conducted in humans and also because typical cocaine users partake of the drug over a more extended period of time than in the experiment.

    16 October 2013 | AIDSMeds
  • Mass administration of schistosomiasis drug can cut HIV

    Mass administration of praziquantel — a highly effective and low-cost drug for schistosomiasis treatment — targeting school-age children has the potential to reduce new HIV infections in young women, according to a modelling study that focused on Zimbabwe.

    23 September 2013 | Sci Dev Net
  • Analysis: In search of less a deadly syringe

    To someone who has never injected illicit drugs, all syringes may look similar, but recent research out of the US shows differences in design can be “dramatic” and may slow the spread of HIV infections. Better syringe design could “nearly eradicate global HIV [injecting drug user-related] infections within eight years”, according to some.

    12 September 2013 | IRIN
  • UK: NAT (National AIDS Trust) produces new guide for police on occupational exposure to HIV

    NAT (National AIDS Trust) is calling on all UK police forces to ensure their guidance and policies on HIV are up-to-date – and to use NAT’s new resource ‘HIV: A guide for Police Forces’ for this purpose. “HIV: A guide … More →

    16 August 2013 | National AIDS Trust
  • Levels of HIV-Target Macrophages in Rectum May Facilitate Infection

    Rectal tissue contains more than 3 times as many macrophages vulnerable to HIV than does the colon, according to results of an in situ fluorescence study in healthy volunteers. The study also identified other important differences in HIV target cells between colon and rectum.

    13 August 2013 | International AIDS Society
  • Platelets block HIV

    Infection biologists of the German Primate Center (DPZ) under the direction of Stefan Pöhlmann have found evidence that platelets (thrombocytes) might constitute an innate defense against infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

    24 July 2013 | Medical Xpress
  • Why HIV That Transmits Is More Infectious and Resilient

    HIV that transmits successfully is particularly resistant to the human immune response and is also structured to better access and enter immune cells

    04 April 2013 | AIDSMeds
  • HIV exploits a human cytokine in semen to promote its own transmission

    A new report suggests that the concentration of one human cytokine, interleukin 7 (IL-7), in the semen of HIV-1-infected men may be a key determinant of the efficiency of HIV-1 transmission to an uninfected female partner.

    07 March 2013 | EurekAlert (press release)
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