Locked, Not Loaded
Simulations Show how HIV Drug Traps Virus in an Inactive State
Though AIDS survival is up and new cases are down, the HIV virus is still a major cause of sickness and death. Juan Perilla of the University of Delaware and his colleagues used the Anton 2 system at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center to understand better how HIV “matures” to its active state. They found that a class of anti-AIDS drugs may work by locking the virus in its immature form, suggesting a route toward new treatments.