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TS Picks: May 12, 2015

Harnessing rare, natural HIV immunity; face recognition in monkeys; undergraduate genomicists

Tracy Vence

Genomics Education Partnership staff member Wilson Leung works with junior Sarah Swiezy to find motifs that regulate gene expression or silencing by comparing the DNA of different fruit fly species.MARY BUTKUS/WUSTL PHOTOS

Selections from The Scientist’s reading list:
 

  • Oncologist Gero Hütter—who treated the “Berlin patient,” Timothy Ray Brown, the only person to have been functionally cured of AIDS because of a natural genetic immunity—today (May 12) told The Guardian that rare genes conferring HIV immunity are the key to developing new treatments. “I believe it’s possible to develop a mass-market single-shot treatment for HIV,” said Hütter. “If we can overcome a few problems, our approach is closer to a complete cure than anything in the last 30 years.” (For even more on HIV Research, see the May issue of The Scientist.)
     
  • MIT researchers have pinpointed neurons in the macaque brain that help the monkeys...

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