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Date:12/6/2009

he gene and the strength of the virus, that could be useful to scientists trying to find ways to better treat humans, he said.

However, "it is important to note that this basic research will not have any direct, immediate benefit for anyone with HIV," said Matthew E. Portnoy, program director of the division of genetics and developmental biology at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

"What this research could mean," he said, "is that with many more years of basic and clinical research following up these findings, it is possible that new HIV therapies may be developed."

Portnoy added that the research could have ramifications for understanding the swine flu virus, known as H1N1, which has picked up bits of genetic material as it has traveled through species.

The study was published online Dec. 6. in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology.

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Learn more about HIV from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



SOURCES: Robert Bambara, Ph.D., chair, department of biochemistry and biophysics, University of Rochester, N.Y.; Matthew E. Portnoy, Ph.D., program director, division of genetics and developmental biology, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.; Dec. 6, 2009, Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, online


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