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Cryptococcal Meningitis

The meninges are layers of tissue which envelope the surface of the brain and spinal cord and carry a lot of the superficial vasculature which feeds the central nervous system. When these tissues become irritated or infected, the resulting…

HIV Resistant Cells

Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) is a tricky bug. Our bodies use a barrage of immune mechanisms to combat bacteria, viruses and the like, but HIV-1 just happens to target one of the primary immune modulators - the CD4+ T cell. By…

HIV Genome Mapped

I thought HIV's genome was mapped ages ago. Much to my surprise, one of the top medical headlines this past week was just this. I guess it's better late than never.