Scientists cite discovery of monkey protein that stops HIV

02/26/2004 | NYTimes.com

The study published today in the journal Nature said monkeys have a protein called TRIM5-alpha that prevents the HIV virus from losing its protective coat once it enters a healthy cell, a process that is poorly understood but essential to the cycle of infection. Humans have a less effective version of the protein, but the team leader indicated the discovery may allow researchers to design a drug that bolsters its effectiveness against HIV and possibly also against other viruses.

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