August #115 : Gazing into Our Genes - by David Gelman, MD

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Bite The Bullet




Gazing into Our Genes

Touch That Dial!

A New Med for Old HIV

Doctor's Diary - August 2005

Haart-less and Healthy

In the Swim

A Summer's Day

Block Those Rays

Lipostylin'

What, Me Sue?

Getting Out on the Job

The Bad Seed

The Sperm Cycle

Condom Wrap-up

Think Kink

Meet Our POZ Personals Catch of the Month

Ask The Sexpert-August 2005

Got Zen?

We're All Living With Nuts

Oh, Daddy!




The Real AIDS Vaccine

High Risk Offensive

Follow the Leader

Crime Blotter

Earthwatch

HIV 411: What's Hot and What's Not

Mentors-August 2005

My So-Called Afterlife

Doctor Feel Good




Editor's Letter - August 2005

Mailbox - August 2005



 
Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV



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August 2005


Gazing into Our Genes

by David Gelman, MD

Consider the double helix: simple, elegant, efficient and damned curvaceous. The full map of humankind’s genes—3 billion steps on DNA’s spiral staircase—was completed in 2003. Next rung: pinpointing a specific gene that causes cancer, say,  and cracking its code. For a while, safety fears stymied experiments, but now the hunt is on. In May, Icelandic researchers found a gene that doubles heart-attack and stroke risk; a drug already exists to foil it. The helix shimmers with hope for HIVers, too: A study to fortify anti-HIV cells by inserting a gene is now recruiting (www.acria.org). And so we baby-step up the spiral, seeking and tweaking genes to make cleaner meds—and, someday, vanquish HIV.            


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