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Does a Common Virus Give HIV a Helping Hand?

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Science  20 Jun 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5320, pp. 1794
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5320.1794

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PARIS-- The discovery that HIV hijacks the cell surface receptors for immune-system signaling molecules, known as chemokines, to force entry into its target cells has revolutionized the field and opened new avenues toward possible therapies. Research reported on page 1874 of this issue of Science suggests that HIV may have yet another port of entry into some cells. The findings implicate a common virus as a possible accomplice of HIV, helping the AIDS virus to infect some types of cells and wreak havoc on the immune system.