In DepthBiomedicine

How ‘elite controllers’ tame HIV without drugs

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Science  28 Aug 2020:
Vol. 369, Issue 6507, pp. 1045
DOI: 10.1126/science.369.6507.1045

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A tiny fraction of the 38 million HIV-infected people in the world have what seems like a superpower. Without the help of antiretroviral drugs, they keep the AIDS virus at undetectable levels in their blood, sometimes for many years, even though they still have HIV genes woven into their chromosomes. Now, the most in-depth genomic analysis of these rare individuals, who account for less than 0.5% of all HIV infections, reveals a clue to their success, which scientists hope will ultimately lead to new strategies to corral the virus in others.

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