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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:41 am    Post subject: GPUGRID / AIDS Reply with quote

Crucial step in AIDS virus maturation simulated for first time
04/12/2012 - Press release

Using computational techniques, researchers have shown how a protein responsible for the maturation of the virus releases itself to initiate infection

Bioinformaticians at IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute) and UPF (Pompeu Fabra University) have used molecular simulation techniques to explain a specific step in the maturation of the HIV virions, i.e., how newly formed inert virus particles become infectious, which is essential in understanding how the virus replicates.

...This work was performed using GPUGRID.net, a voluntary distributed computing platform that harnesses the processing power of thousands of NVIDIA GPU accelerators from household computers made available by the public for research purposes.

http://www.imim.es/news/view.php?ID=159
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting news!

Apparently the PRC is now experiencing increasing AIDS outbreaks.
One can hope an effective vaccine and/or treatment is just around the corner.

One interesting article I read (some few years ago) was about how a small number of people (who had full-blown AIDS) became infected with chlamydia.
BUT...when the chlamydia [bacteria] are destroyed (using the standard, highly-effective treatment), it gives off a protein that seems to block HIV infections.
The article claimed that a few AIDS patients - over some period of months/years - had seen their T-Cell counts improve consistently & dramatically.
The article also made an implied assertion that these remnants of dead chlamydia may provide a cure for HIV/AIDS.

I haven't seen any more related to this; but then again, I haven't been actively watching/scanning for it either. Embarassed
Maybe it's bunk, maybe not.



EDIT: I'm about 90% sure it was chlamydia, but I could be wrong.
I do know that whatever the specific STD is, it is nearly asymptomatic (so early detection is a problem), rarely life-threatening, and almost always curable.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OH - just heard about THIS....

http://www.snotr.com/video/7719/Cure_for_leukemia_using_harmless_HIV


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good news, but dang it I just wasted 1/2 hour looking at goofy vids on that site. I bet this skill comes in handy:

http://www.snotr.com/video/10329/A_kid_perfectly_imitates_a_police_siren

Finally wound up here:

http://www.snotr.com/video/10313/Dog_Puppeteer
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