The structure of an entire HIV genome has been decoded for the first time thanks to a UNC research team led by chemist Kevin Weeks in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The results have widespread implications for understanding the strategies that viruses, like the one that causes AIDS, use to infect humans. The study, reported in a cover story in the Aug. 6, 2009 issue of the journal Nature, also opens the door for further research which could accelerate the development of antiviral drugs. Read the rest of the story.
UNC researchers decode HIV genome