Friday, March 18, 2005
NPR ON LANCET ON AIDS MUTATIONS
National Public Radio (NPR) (All Things Considered) today did a story on the publication in the journal The Lancet (note that registration is required for access to Lancet content) describing more information about the mutated AIDS virus that we reported on earlier ( 2005-02-12 -- AIDS - Deadly Mutation Found In NYC Patient).
Researchers found from the DNA of the virus that it has both raised defenses against almost all the current medications, and has developed a more aggressive attack, targeting more cells more easily than other known AIDS viruses. It is not known whether the patient had genetic factors that made him more vulnerable.
It was also found that the virus did not mutate in the patient. He caught the virus from some other contact.