Scientists from EPFL and the Vaud university hospital center have created the first map of human HIV resistance, according to a report published in eLife on 29.10.2013.
The research has revealed that despite natural human resistance, the virus survives but replicates more slowly. It also shows how the virus adapts itself to human defense mechanism. Human immune system, it is reported, constantly develops methods to fight HIV and the genome of the virus also mutates at a rate of millions a day.
It is claimed that the findings of the research will help determining new therapies according to individual human's natural defense. The map will also create opportunities for targeted treatments taking into account strengths and weaknesses of the HIV-infected patients.