HIV-blocking Gene Found

150_Aids_virusA gene that blocks the HIV virus and the onset of AIDS has been discovered by a research group at the University of Alberta.
Stephen Barr, a molecular virologist in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, says his team has identified a gene called TRIM22 that can block HIV infection in a cell culture by preventing the assembly of the virus.

"When we put this gene in cells, it prevents the assembly of the HIV virus," said Barr, a postdoctoral fellow. "This means the virus cannot get out of the cells to infect other cells, thereby blocking the spread of the virus."

The next step is to find out why this gene doesn’t work in people who have HIV, and investigate possible ways to activate it. Link

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The funny thing is Jerse accepts Duesberg's "controversial ideas", even though there's little solid evidence to support them.

But, he demands you provide infallible, incontrovertible proof to support the traditional point of view, accepted by the majority of scientists and rational thinkers.

I advise you to give up, aj. Crackpot theorists don't want to be convinced they're wrong.
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Duesberg has controversial ideas, that doesn't mean he ceases to be a good scientist...

Those articles don't provide any concrete evidence that HIV becomes AIDS - they say HIV may cause AIDS, not HIV causes AIDS.

And yes, I don't trust the prevailing body of literature because I think that there is definitely something else going on -like how hasn't Magic Johnson contracted AIDS yet? It's been almost 20 years since he said he was HIV positive...
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Duesberg WAS a reputable scientist, however he has clung to a theory for which the evidence is overwhelmingly against him. This is not good science.

The idea that no evidence has been found linking HIV to AIDS is laughable, here are a couple of early papers that about the discovery of the link:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6189183?dopt=Abstract
and
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6200936?dopt=Abstract
If you can't accept the prevailing body of literature about a subject, or provide sufficient evidence to the contrary you may as well not believe anything.
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There's plenty of opposition arguments from other scientists - there always has been (this is not the only case). Not too long ago Ritalin was the cure for ADD in children, smoking helped your digestion, and marijuana made you insane.

Dr. Duesberg is a reputable scientist, with an impressive resume ranging from discovering the oncogene, a strand of DNA that causes cancer, to gaining tenure as a professor of biology at UC Berkeley.

He hasn't been able to conduct experiments because his funding was cut once he came forward with his HIV/AIDS theory - this is the use of command science I spoke of earlier.

But whatever his theory might be about how people contract AIDS, there is still no evidence that suggests HIV causes AIDS - hence this discovery by Dr. Barr will have little impact on the spread of AIDS.

HIV and AIDS are two separate and distinguishable diseases - there are 0 cases where it has been proven that HIV develops into AIDS - and there are cases through 1989 from the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) that prove people have contracted AIDS without contracting HIV. After 1989 - no cases - why? Because a reputable scientist, Duesberg, came forth with his "crackpot" theory.
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