Possible AIDS Cure Found?

Researchers working at the Vanderbilt School of Medecine in Nashville may have found a substance which kills the HIV virus. The chemical called CSA-54 mimicks the functioning of a healthy immune system. It works by attacking the membrane of the HIV virus, preventing it from infecting it’s target cells, the body’s own Helper T immune cells.

The scientists are hesitant to call their new drug a cure, as much peer review still needs to be done. If all the testing goes well, the drug could be available for prescription in 3 to 7 years.

There are 40.3 million people in the world with AIDS.

About Benny Powers

Benny is a 20 year old student of the arts and sciences. He will be attending Trent University for the 2006-2007 semester. An experienced percussionist, Benny specializes in hand percussion such as djembe, doumbek and udu drums. Recently he has joined the Toronto samba band <a href="http://www.sambaelegua.com">Samba Elegua</a>, playing the surdo. He also does <a href="http://bennyp.wordpress.com">spoken word poetry</a>, and performs at open mic nights in Toronto in the summer time.

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