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In Defense of SelfHow the Immune System Really Works$
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William R. Clark

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195336634

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336634.001.0001

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When the Wall Comes Tumbling Down: HIV/AIDS

When the Wall Comes Tumbling Down: HIV/AIDS

(p.105) 8 When the Wall Comes Tumbling Down: HIV/AIDS
In Defense of Self

William R. Clark

Oxford University Press

AIDS presents one of the greatest medical and scientific challenges of the past sixty years. This chapter examines AIDS as a medical problem, as a problem in virology, and from an immunological point of view. Current approaches to dealing with AIDS have dramatically improved survival rates, but long-term survival has not been achieved. Treatments are hugely expensive, have unacceptable side effects, and have had minimal impact outside of first-world countries. The chapter thus also looks at future directions for AIDS research, including gene-therapy approaches, and DNA-based vaccines.

Keywords:   HIV virology, HIV immunology, gene therapy, DNA vaccines

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