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HIV Inhibitor Blocks Virus From Cell

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Science  12 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5502, pp. 229
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5502.229A

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In a paper published online today by Science (, researchers report a new way to gum up the mechanism by which HIV snaps into place against a host cell, allowing it to enter, and thereby prevent HIV's envelope from melding with a host cell membrane. They've designed a molecule that, in cell culture at least, prevents HIV from infecting cells.