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Monday, February 13, 2012

One more step in understanding

how the body is infected and resists infection from HIV:

Immune cells use 'starvation tactics' on HIV
Scientists have shown how some cells in the body can repel attacks from HIV by starving the virus of the building blocks of life.

Viruses cannot replicate on their own; they must hijack other cells and turn them into virus production factories.

A study, published in Nature Immunology, showed how some parts of the immune system destroy their own raw materials, stopping HIV.

It is uncertain whether this could be used in therapy, experts caution.

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