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Chemokines Share Center Stage With Drug Therapy

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Science  19 Jul 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5273, pp. 302-303
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5273.302a


Vancouver, British Columbia—Recent advances in drug therapies for AIDS got the bulk of the public attention at the 11th International Conference on AIDS here. But equally interesting to the attendees were the latest findings on the inflammatory proteins called chemokines and their receptors. The reason: recent work showing that a particular chemokine receptor is needed for HIV infection, at least of cells in culture, and that certain chemokines may block that infection. Still, the meeting also revealed an intellectual rift between leading AIDS researchers about whether the chemokine work will ever bring improved HIV treatments or vaccines.