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Popping’ HIV With Microbicide Carrying Molecule


Doctor’s Cameron Abrams and Irwin Chaiken are developing and testing a molecule, called a Dual Action Virolytic Entry Inhibitor—DAVEI, for short, that can put HIV out of commission by tricking the virus into thinking that it’s attached to a living cell. This molecular ruse entices the virus releases its genetic material—into oblivion, rather than a healthy cell—rendering it inert.