Math tool could pave way to HIV drugs and vaccines

06/21/2011 | Wall Street Journal, The

Scientists at the Ragon Institute were able to identify a vulnerable section, sector 3, and other low-mutating areas in HIV using the random-matrix theory, a mathematical method used to examine the stock market. They also found that the immune system of "elite controllers," or HIV-positive patients who can control the virus without drugs, directly attacks sector 3. Although further studies are needed, the findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, might pave the way for additional vaccines and drugs that zero in on weak regions of HIV.

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