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Designer protein ‘blocks all known strains of HIV’

A NOVEL drug candidate against HIV has been created by a joint team led by researchers at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, FL. The scientists consider it to be so potent and effective that it could form the basis of a vaccine alternative. The scientists designed a protein that simultaneously binds to two sites on the surface of the virus, which blocks it from entering a host cell. “Our compound is the broadest and most potent entry inhibitor described so far,” says Michael Farzan, a Scripps Research Institute professor who led the effort.

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