We can't even begin to wrap our head around a potential discovery like this, let alone the process that scientists used to arrive at it!
In in a super-cool and creative fashion, scientists at the Ragon Institute have located weaknesses in the ever-mutating HIV (they say that the mutations are producing 100 billion new particles of the virus every day) by using a mathematical method that had been originally used in the stock markets!
One of the sites is where HIV is attacked by the immune systems of "elite controllers" — people with HIV who are able to control their disease without any medication, according to the study, published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences.
Not only that, but, scientists have located some HIV sectors that don't mutate as often. By taking those sectors and straight up mutating them ourselves (instead of attacking the whole strain, which would make the entire thing mutate to avoid destruction) the HIV would be forced to mutate in a way that would weaken itself or do nothing and just flat-out die. Either way, its ass has been thoroughly kicked!
Right now they're testing it in monkeys, so, hopefully the hypothesis can be verified and we can start work on helping out humans that have been tragically infected!
Good luck, scientists!!
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