Researchers at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center have shown in laboratory studies that a molecule found in the human body can halt the growth of the AIDS virus. In a paper accepted for publication in the Federation of the American Societies of Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal (January 1, 2001), the researchers describe various ways in which alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT), a naturally-occurring protein in blood, prevents the AIDS virus from reproducing and from being spread to healthy cells. The AAT used in these investigations was purified from the blood of healthy volunteers who donated blood for research to the American Red Cross.
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