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Mystery Anti-HIV Factor Unmasked?

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Science  27 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5590, pp. 2188
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5590.2188b

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In a report published online by Science this week (, researchers finger three tiny molecules known as a-defensins as the long-sought "CD8 antiviral factor" that allows some people with HIV to live for decades without damage to their immune systems. But other researchers who have been digging for answers and have seen the new data say they're not throwing away their shovels.