Microsoft scientist: We could fight HIV like spam

Although efforts to create an AIDS vaccine have gone on for more than three decades, none has produced a successful result. Strategies that have worked for more than a dozen other pathogens are easily thwarted by the slippery and unpredictable quick-change artist known as human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. HIV has evolved into a master of avoiding immune system detection by undergoing spontaneous mutations that effectively make it a moving target. The most common and virulent strain of the virus, HIV-1, has the highest reported mutation rate for any biological system, a study published in PLOS Biology last year discovered. In fact, the number of mutations in a single HIV-infected patient is comparable to all the mutations that have ever occurred in the history of the influenza virus. But according…

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