News of the WeekVirology

Alzheimer's Risk Factor Also Aids HIV

Science  20 Jun 2008:
Vol. 320, Issue 5883, pp. 1577
DOI: 10.1126/science.320.5883.1577a

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Summary

A study out this week suggests that in addition to predisposing carriers to Alzheimer's disease, the defective lipid transporter apolipoprotein E4 also hastens the death of people infected with HIV, possibly by allowing the virus easy entry into cells.