Danish researchers find way to retard HIV  

2003.03.25
Researchers at the Panum Institute create molecule which can retard the spread of HIV in human cells

Researchers at the Panum Institute, Copenhagen University, have created a molecule which can retard the spread of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) in human cells. Laboratory tests carried out on human cells have shown that the molecule, called Peptide Nucleic Acid or PNA, is effective in combating the aggressive HIV virus by "short-circuiting" the biochemical information which enables the virus to replicate itself in the cells of HIV infected patients.

 

One of the researchers is working in cooperation with the Danish biotech company Pantheco to explore whether a drug treatment can be developed based on the synthesised substance. The news is reported by national daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende.

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