Have Houston Doctors Cracked the AIDS Virus?

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Per the UPI, word is filtering out of the scientific press that a trio of pathologists led by Dr. Sudhir Paul at the University of Texas Medical School here in Houston has pinpointed the Achilles Heel of the virus that causes AIDS.

The vulnerable spot is hidden in a protein essential for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, to attach to host cells, the university said in a release.

An HIV vaccine doesn't exist because HIV is a mutating virus.

The scientists said they are focusing on a stretch of amino acids on HIV's envelope protein gp120.

"Unlike the changeable regions of its envelope, HIV needs at least one region that must remain constant to attach to cells. If this region changes, HIV cannot infect cells," said Paul, a pathology professor at the UT Medical School.

Paul's group engineered antibodies with enzymatic activity, called abzymes, that can attack the virus's weakness.

"The abzymes recognize essentially all of the diverse HIV forms found across the world. This solves the problem of HIV changeability," Paul said. "The next step is to confirm our theory in human clinical trials."

Science Daily kicks some deep, um, science about the breakthrough here. The UPI is also reporting that Dr. Paul’s theory will be presented at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City next month.

-- John Nova Lomax


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31 comments
Hauntvilla
Hauntvilla

there must be be a cure to stop mutation ???

shima
shima

why this is not in the breaking news! or maybe its a false hope. it will be the greatest achievement ever if it works, i strongly hope it would work and save millions.

J
J

I have a question for those who are worried that finding an HIV cure could/would make others "sexually reckless". The whole reason the SAFE SEX campaign was created was to stop HIV from spreading, right? So, if there is a cure for HIV why wouldn't people want to be more sexually active and stop using condoms? I think I would embrace the chance to have sex w/o a condom and w/o fear that I could die from my actions. Is that wrong?

Charles
Charles

Thank God!People, we are human beings, we were young and make mistakes, who hasnt?!?!We all deserve a second chance.You have no idea how much we suffer not only physically but mentaly. I got the infection 2 years ago, and thank God im still here. I know I have so many chances to survive many years. But I have friends that I love, I have a mother, brothers and sisters that I dont want to see suffering. cause we are not only the infected suffer but our family and friends.This is not a Gods punishment! how dare you to say that? if you really believe in him, you would never say that.People, dont make us feel worst, we need your hugs and love. I really hope this is what millions of people is waiting for, a second chance of life.

piper
piper

Isn't this how I Am Legend started?

mike
mike

I am extremely happy about this whole "solution" My current bf is HIV positive and even though I do not verbalize it, it is something that worries me a lot. Also my sister contracted HIV in a prestigious Miami hospital that I can't mention because of liabilities. She has been completely devastated since then and nothing has made her be the same. Hopefully this is real and I can get my boyfriend and sister back!!!

Heather
Heather

Eugenics, I know there are people out there like you who believe that shit but I don't think I have every actually come across one. Do you realize that there are OTHER ways of contracting HIV and aids? What about the babies who get it from mothers or the people years ago that got it from untested blood transfusions? Do THEY deserve to suffer??? You are a disgusting person and although you clearly think it, you are not invincible and I'm sure your day will come when you will finally realize this and unfortunately it will probably be too late by then and you will regret your current ignorance. I will definitely be praying that you realize what your are saying is totally wrong and full of ignorance.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS ARTICLE, IF IT IS TRUE I WOULD LIKE TO BE IN THE RESEARCH OF THE CURE. I HAVE BEEN POZ SINCE 2006 AND ITS HAVEN'T BEEN THAT LONG BUT I HAVE BEEN THROUGH A LOT THESE PAST 2 YEARS.

EUGENICS
EUGENICS

AIDS is a great, if not the best so far, way of controlling the population. the worthless population that engages in reckless sexual deviance and IV drug use and such...Basically, let it wipe out the people who arent contributing anything positive to society.. I wont get it, im not worried, you lesser humans can quit breathing my valuable air, polluting my atmosphere and trafficking up my freeways!

Mike
Mike

why is this not on the front page?

Neda
Neda

Everyone in life deserves a second chance! "Dani" and others who think like him, please keep in mind that we are all human and we all make bad judgements and if there was not such a thing as a second chance that no one would exist.

amanda
amanda

bravo jeff! You have a great attitude... Stay strong and ignore all of the negativity. I hope this is a step to a brighter future for us all!

Jeff
Jeff

Everyone,

My name is Jeff and I have been living with HIV since 2003. I have gone through a lot since then, but I am still here, alive and kicking harder than ever before.

I could go further into my story and how miraculous my recovery has been, but I don't want to turn this into a biography. Needless to say, I sit here now with an above average immune system that has been baffling my doctors. I thank god for that.

Regarding the comment "Dani" made; It actually does not infuriate me as it seemed to have infuriated some others. I am not sure that the comment was meant to be insensitive, but rather give a general perspective of all the people in the world not infected. I think that it's true, if there was a cure, perhaps some people would be more inclined to engage sex with recklessness and that would be wrong. I mean, people are promiscuous enough even with it lurking in the shadows. However, if nature's track record is any indication, something new will come along down the road, or one of the STD's that doesn't get enough attention will become a giant threat. Now, with that said, a cure for AIDS would be the biggest godsend the world has come to know.

A lot of the right wing conservatives share in the abstinence view it seems because they are more focused on those who don't have it, rather than those of us who do. To them, we are almost a lost cause and that is just wrong. They believe that "god" is punishing us and that things will have to take a natural course, but who's to say that "god" doesn't want to save EVERYONE with a cure? Perhaps, just maybe, if "god" gives us the power to heal, the real sin is not using that power only to watch while the whole world disappears.

Mike
Mike

Dani, while I understand your sentiment, I must agree with Shelly in that you are clearly misguided with regard to this disease. I have witnessed countless numbers of friends die horrible deaths because of AIDS. Don't focus on how it was spread, focus on awareness and educating young people today like we did back in the late 80's/early 90's. Education = Awareness = lower infection rates.

John
John

Dani, I love how your comment was sarcastic and ironic. The way that you were taking the side of the nut job religious right that also say abstinience is the best and only way to teach about sex is just right on point. I hope other can see how you were showing the ignorance someone like that has, and pointing out the hypocrasy behind making a comment like that.

Cheers to you Dani! excellent social commentary.

MB
MB

keeping my fingers crossed!!!! my uncle died from complications with pnumonia because of aids in 1994. i would cry with happiness for a week if this works out!!

Shelly
Shelly

Are out of your mind DANI?!!!! What planet do you live on?!!! A cure for AIDS is a GREAT thing! Obviously you do not know anyone with this disease. You are clearly an idiot. I hope with this breakthrough in sight you never will have to watch someone suffer through it!

Dani
Dani

I hate to say it, but a cure for AIDS isn't necessarily a good thing. If there is one,people will in turn be MORE reckless with sex because they know it can be cured.

WOW
WOW

Each year we see stories like this but during trial they all fail..so am not sure LOL..I hope this works though

Christine
Christine

Prayers, best thoughts and wishes for anyone affected by this tragic illness, also for the doctors and scientists dedicated to eradicating it.

Tori
Tori

wished this would came sooner for my brother, I lost him in 12/97. But if this can save other families from going through what mine did..I hope and pray this time they have found something that will stop this

mac
mac

Ireally do hope this is true as an expat living in africa aids is frightning!

Paco Rivero
Paco Rivero

Hey Lomax what's up?? can't believe I ran across your article...

thank the power of perez hilton! hehe

ok, take care!

N
N

This article almost brings tears to my eyes.....I hope it is for real, for my brother's sake

HAM
HAM

I really hope this iz true!

SteveC
SteveC

More than just hope... a new lease on life.

Char M
Char M

That gives hope to many people..

CLow
CLow

I agree Jeremy N

Jeremy N
Jeremy N

Lets hope this is for real!

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