Rutgers Researchers Claim HIV Cure
Rutgers researchers may have stopped HIV (Globe and Mail)
Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a trio of drugs they believe can destroy HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to a published report. The drugs, called DAPYs, mimic the virus by changing shape, which enables them to interfere with the way HIV attacks the immune system.
Tests conducted in conjunction with Johnson and Johnson have shown the drug to be easily absorbed with minimal side effects. It also can be taken in one pill, in contrast to the drug cocktails currently taken by many AIDS patients. Ã¢€œThis could be it,Ã¢€ Stephen Smith, the head of the department of infectious diseases at Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, said. Ã¢€œWe’re all looking for the next class of drugs.Ã¢€
A research team led by Rutgers chemist Eddy Arnold pre-published details of the most promising of the three drugs, known as R278474, last month in the electronic edition of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. Full details will be published in the journal in early 2005.
Interesting. I’ll retain my skepticism until this one is replicated. And you’d think something of this magnitude would have made it into a top tier journal, no?