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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336634.003.0008

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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