Designer Molecule Causes AIDS Virus to Destroy Itself

Researchers have designed a synthetic molecule that tricks the AIDS virus into destroying itself. The compound, called DAVEI, was developed by researchers at Philadelphia’s Drexel University and causes the deadly pathogen to eject its contents before it can infect human cells.
The AIDS virus uses protein spikes on its surface to fuse to healthy cells.  Once attached, the microbe inserts its genetic material, turning the cells into little factories that crank out thousands of copies …

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