Protein stops HIV from replicating

Scientists have discovered a way to protect immune cells from the HIV virus using a protein.

The protein, SAMHD1, is found in white blood cells and protects immune cells against HIV by depriving the virus of the material it needs to build DNA and replicate.

The discovery may lead to more effective anti-HIV treatments, and sheds light on other viruses, such as Herpes, that replicate in ways similar to HIV.

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