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Researchers Identify How AIDS Virus Kills Cells It Doesn't Infect

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September 10, 1998
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Scientists in Texas, California and New York believe they have solved part of the mystery of how the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can kill cells it doesn't infect--and thereby prompt the downward spiral that results in AIDS. The results--published in the September 10 issue of the journal Nature--may help researchers and physicians understand what makes HIV-infected people take a sudden turn for the worse after years of harboring the AIDS virus but showing few symptoms. They may also point to new ways of stopping this sudden decline, which ultimately claims the lives of patients with AIDS.

Scientists in Texas, California and New York believe they have solved part of the mystery of how the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can kill cells it doesn't infect--and thereby prompt the downward spiral that results in AIDS. The results--published in the September 10 issue of the journal Nature--may help researchers and physicians understand what makes HIV-infected people take a sudden turn for the worse after years of harboring the AIDS virus but showing few symptoms. They may also point to new ways of stopping this sudden decline, which ultimately claims the lives of patients with AIDS.


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