A new study has shed light on why the researchers have failed to develop a cure and new treatments for HIV.
In the report, an Australian scientist explained how he used computer simulations to discover that a population starting from a single human immunodeficiency virus can evolve fast enough to escape immune defenses.
These results are novel because the discovery runs counter to the commonly held belief that evolution under these circumstances is very slow.
“I believe the search for a cure for AIDS has failed so far because we do not fully understand how HIV evolves,” said Jack da Silva, Ph.D., author of the study from the School of Molecularand Biomedical Science at the University of Adelaide in Adelaide, Australia.
Read more about this study in the journal Genetics. ANI Mar 16, 2012