Virus created to fight HIV

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by vniow, May 13, 2004.

  1. macrumors G4

    Jul 18, 2002
    I accidentally my whole location.
  2. macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    This sounds like a real break through. I just pray that it will be successful when they put in clinical trials. Real human trial will be the only way to know for sure. Calling it "synthetic biology" sounds like a good move.

    This is the reason to wait for clinical trials and caution: Arkin and Schaffer's computer model will also help them foresee potential problems, which are plentiful when trying to treat a deadly disease with a manufactured virus. This is a virus that can be spread by having sex, just like HIV (although if it works, that could be a good thing). It's also possible that HIV and the therapeutic virus could mutate around each other and recombine to make an altogether new virus.

    "I can't say now it won't make it worse," Arkin said.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Sep 13, 2003
    Its not so much where you are as when you are.
    From the sound of it there is extra space inside of the viral shell which could carry extra material. There would also be issues it combining with other virii.

    Who knows what will become. It might be a miracle cure. It might be really bad.

    Also does it only prevent death of the immune system? If so what about the death of brain cells and other effects?
  4. macrumors 603


    Oct 16, 2003
    So does this mean G5 PowerBooks next tuesday?? :p Sorry, that's really great news. Sounds like a clever and simple idea. Like most good ideas are. I hope it will work.
  5. macrumors 68020


    Aug 5, 2003
    Ummmmm ?

    No, It's only for Windowze Users... :mad: :eek:
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 11, 2002
    Can it help me download porn faster? That's really the issue here.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2003
    Democratic People's Republic of Kalifornia
    bad bad bad idea, once it gets into the wrong hands (terrorists), or does through a mutation, we're screwed. Who knows what new and even more deadly virus may emerge.

    psst. ... sick populations = no more G5's will be released.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2002
    New Zealand
    This is really interesting stuff. I really do hope that it works in clinical trials aswell. I like the idea that it remains with the host while they have HIV. The only problem is mutation especially if it's gonna result in an even more resilient form of HIV.
  9. macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    I agree that this sounds promising, yet have the same reservations about mutations. The terrorist thing is less of a worry to me, since terrorists will make do with what they have.
  10. macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    i really don't know if i like this or not. i mean, sure it'll prevent HIV from becoming AIDS, but there's bound to be a real, honest-to-god cure out there, and if we release a "cure" disease in the meantime, we'll have two viruses to eradicate, or shall we just allow the "cure" to rage on, everyone's infected? science thinks this has happened before, but not with man-made viruses. And even if there is no cure, then humans will have two viruses that combat each other, i wonder if that will cause more health problems? This is just logistics, mutations have been mentioned but i won't go into that.

    i really don't think this is a good idea in the long-term.

  11. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2003
    Sounds neat.

    3 people and $200K... smells like the beginning of a multi-billion dollar Silicon Valley Biotech firm. Someone tell these folks to run, not walk to the nearest US Patent Office!

    One of them is not the son of a US Army biogeneticist that was fired by an Army general who has a daughter that the son is working with that looks a lot like tasty Jennifer Connelly. :D
  12. macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Sort of how vanity drugs (FenPhen ,sp>, and other "quick fix beauty" drugs, or surgeries) have shown that there are side effects that we don't know about till many years later.
  13. macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2002
    It is likely already patented. Once you publicly release something like this you lose all patent privileges.

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