Scientists Revive Dormant, HIV-Fighting Genes

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Scientists Revive Dormant, HIV-Fighting Genes

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Reassuring both scientists and new age hippies, recent discoveries in the field of genetics seem to indicate that our own bodies are the most potent weapon in the fight against HIV.

Specifically, scientists have discovered long-dormant genes that they believe would be able to make the human genome resistant to Human Immunodeficiency Virus, if only they were still functional.

Dubbed "junk DNA," these fragments were long ago rendered useless during the normal course of human evolution, for reasons ranging from the theoretical inefficiency of humans with giant bat wings to simple mutations in the way our cells process energy.

A group of scientists noticed that our simian ancestors expressed a protein called retrocyclin that essentially renders them immune to HIV. Hoping to find a way to introduce the same immunity to humans, the group discovered that we too had the same genetic ability to create retrocyclin, but that it was turned into junk DNA long ago for no discernable reason.

So how did the scientists attempt to "reawaken" the junk DNA? Using a compound called aminoglycoside, the group intentionally introduced errors in the way the RNA encodes the human genetic structure, creating a copy in which the junk DNA is no longer non-functional. As they'd hoped, the reawakened genes were able to create retrocyclin and fend of HIV in a group of test cells.

If all goes well, the scientists hope this research could lead to an actual HIV/AIDS vaccine, though even under the best circumstances that could be years, if not decades, away.

Normally this is where I'd explain how this research will almost certainly kill us all in the next few years, but unless you're a being comprised entirely of the AIDS virus, this is a very cool discovery.

And if you are a sentient AIDS creature, well ... ew.

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.......this is so groundbreaking and awesome I can't even find words to describe it other than WOW

Hey its one step closer, good for them honestly. Best of luck to these researchers.

Yes, Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, YESSSSSS!

is my opinion on this matter

...I want to be happy, but I...
Actually, I can't even share my honest opinion on this without getting banned.
Sometimes it really sucks to be an extremist.

Anyway, if nothing else, this is a good day for science.
And for that, I will rejoice.

MaxTheReaper:
...I want to be happy, but I...
Actually, I can't even share my honest opinion on this without getting banned.
Sometimes it really sucks to be an extremist.

Anyway, if nothing else, this is a good day for science.
And for that, I will rejoice.

Why do I get the idea you're a member of Delphi? (from Trauma Center, in case you didn't know)

Lord_Ascendant:
.......this is so groundbreaking and awesome I can't even find words to describe it other than WOW

Took the words out of my mouth.

Lets just hope that the side effect of reawakening this gene doesn't turn the part of our DNA immune to the Black Death into junk DNA though (no basis for me to think that would happen, it would just be ironic).

This is how every zombie related game begins.

But if it works, I'm going to invest my life savings in a nation wide chain of bathouses.

Nifty. Anti-AIDS sounds pretty good. Good luck with that, scientist guys.

Flying-Emu:

MaxTheReaper:
...I want to be happy, but I...
Actually, I can't even share my honest opinion on this without getting banned.
Sometimes it really sucks to be an extremist.

Anyway, if nothing else, this is a good day for science.
And for that, I will rejoice.

Why do I get the idea you're a member of Delphi? (from Trauma Center, in case you didn't know)

Not a big fan of "God's will," which is what Wikipedia leads me to believe is their reason for resisting disease cures.

Actually, while I know that AIDS undoubtedly affects people who don't deserve it, I can't help but think that there are some people who got it because they're massive, stupid sluts.
And it's them I don't really want cured.

Yes, I am awful.
Blame nature, not nurture.

Anyway, as I said, looking past my extremism, this is still really cool.
Just wish it had been a way to cure all cancer forever.

You know what? Thinking about how many people are suffering from it due to plain ignorance (mostly in Africa, through no real fault of their own,) I have revised my opinion.
After all, I don't need a disease to help me off whores.
Woo science! Cure that disease! (or help develop a vaccine or whatever you know best)

Don't celebrate yet. Soon AIDS may no longer be a problem, but there is always the threat of super AIDS.

Yay Anti-AIDS!

Time to do my Civil Duty motherf*@#[email protected]#

Rah.

XD

Exactly why government should fuck off and leave genetic research to thrive without having their hands bound.

Really most STD's such as HIV could have completely been avoided in America if people decided that they wouldn't screw around with people older then them. Just one generation decide that maybe i could try getting a partner from my own age group.

orannis62:

Lord_Ascendant:
.......this is so groundbreaking and awesome I can't even find words to describe it other than WOW

Took the words out of my mouth.

Lets just hope that the side effect of reawakening this gene doesn't turn the part of our DNA immune to the Black Death into junk DNA though (no basis for me to think that would happen, it would just be ironic).

Well with the power of SCIENCE we can make sure this doesn't happen.

Ah science. From glowing puppies to a cure for AIDS. Now if only science would make that pesky swine flu go away.

+1 for science. Awesome.

My theory about the gene being debunked is it probably became unnecessary when Humans became geographically separated from other primates; as the disease disappeared so did the gene's usefulness, hence it became redundant.

Also as a side note, the process for "reawakening" the gene is surprisingly simple*. The body uses RNA to replicate DNA all the time. The praise though, should be heaped on for actually finding the gene. Wow.

*I'm fairly sure its the same process, though I may be wrong.

*God facepalms himself* I knew I left that AIDS cure somewhere, the last place you look, eh?

O.O YAY!
One step closer, yippie!

Um.
Yay, I guess.

Internet Kraken:
Don't celebrate yet. Soon AIDS may no longer be a problem, but there is always the threat of super AIDS.

Shhhh! Don't say that out loud. That'll only speed up its awakening...

Anyway, this is the greatest bit of scientific news I've heard since the made that special chemical that regrows limbs.

OH NOES! THEY PLAN TO CURE ME!!!!!!!! HOW DID HE KNOW!!!!
(okay my claims are getting really silly)

That's the best news I've heard all day.

Internet Kraken:
Don't celebrate yet. Soon AIDS may no longer be a problem, but there is always the threat of super AIDS.

Yes, we must be ever alert for the Super AIDS.

Wow, this is actually quite amazing. I don't even feel any skepticism of this, and that rarely happens.

dmase:
Really most STD's such as HIV could have completely been avoided in America if people decided that they wouldn't screw around with people older then them. Just one generation decide that maybe i could try getting a partner from my own age group.

Good point. We could also avoid any gastrointestinal issues if people never ate anything, and no one would ever suffocate if we could all just agree to stop breathing! Brilliant!

sweet. thats all i can say is fucking sweet. God was hiding it. he wanted to test us. we win 1-one billon. atleast we have 1.

This news makes me :D

Earnest Cavalli:

dmase:
Really most STD's such as HIV could have completely been avoided in America if people decided that they wouldn't screw around with people older then them. Just one generation decide that maybe i could try getting a partner from my own age group.

Good point. We could also avoid any gastrointestinal issues if people never ate anything, and no one would ever suffocate if we could all just agree to stop breathing! Brilliant!

Last time i checked there was a near equal ratio of men to women born each year, in America, not China there would be more than enough women that you could try hitting on and never get. Do you really think that you need to have sex with that 40 year old cougar really. Or the girl that is a complete nympho, I'm sure she could find at least a couple guys her own age. I'm not going to put a mate for life thing on here, but its not like people will die if they don't have sex with their parent's generation.

dmase:

Earnest Cavalli:

dmase:
Really most STD's such as HIV could have completely been avoided in America if people decided that they wouldn't screw around with people older then them. Just one generation decide that maybe i could try getting a partner from my own age group.

Good point. We could also avoid any gastrointestinal issues if people never ate anything, and no one would ever suffocate if we could all just agree to stop breathing! Brilliant!

Last time i checked there was a near equal ratio of men to women born each year, in America, not China there would be more than enough women that you could try hitting on and never get. Do you really think that you need to have sex with that 40 year old cougar really. Or the girl that is a complete nympho, I'm sure she could find at least a couple guys her own age. I'm not going to put a mate for life thing on here, but its not like people will die if they don't have sex with their parent's generation.

Or you know...just use protection.

GothmogII:

Or you know...just use protection.

Quite. dmase has chosen the most obscure possible cause for the spread of AIDS. It almost makes me wonder how long ago some girl he had a crush on ditched him for an older guy. He doth protest too much and all that.

Earnest Cavalli:

dmase:
Really most STD's such as HIV could have completely been avoided in America if people decided that they wouldn't screw around with people older then them. Just one generation decide that maybe i could try getting a partner from my own age group.

Good point. We could also avoid any gastrointestinal issues if people never ate anything, and no one would ever suffocate if we could all just agree to stop breathing! Brilliant!

Yea! Nex is on the Escapist too!

Dude those pics were gross by the way...

Earnest Cavalli:

Dubbed "junk DNA," these fragments were long ago rendered useless during the normal course of human evolution, for reasons ranging from the theoretical inefficiency of humans with giant bat wings to simple mutations in the way our cells process energy.

HURRAY I'M IMMUNE TO HIV
THANKS DOC FOR THE GIANT BAT WINGS AND SALIVA INFESTED WITH SWINE FLU
THE NEWS SAYS ALL THE BETA HUMANS WILL BE EXTINCT ANY DAY NOW
WE'LL FINALLY BE ABLE TO CLEAR OUT THE GHETTO AND BUILD OUR NEW GENETIC ENGINEERING PLANT
THREE CHEERS FOR PROGRESS

in b4 Gattica/Bioshock level paranoia

imacharginmehlaz0r:
sweet. thats all i can say is fucking sweet. God was hiding it. he wanted to test us. we win 1-one billon. atleast we have 1.

"God has a mean sense of humor"
keep that in mind when your 'prize' shows up...

That is very cool science.

300lb. Samoan:

imacharginmehlaz0r:
sweet. thats all i can say is fucking sweet. God was hiding it. he wanted to test us. we win 1-one billon. atleast we have 1.

"God has a mean sense of humor"
keep that in mind when your 'prize' shows up...

my prize is the cake. its moist and delicious. you want a piece? he said to share it with the scientists. but im hungry.

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