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Structural View of HIV/AIDS:

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Learn about the Structural Biology of HIV from related Molecule of the Month articles. The image above shows HIV Envelope Glycoprotein from January 2014.

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HIV-1 Protease



Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection, if untreated, can cause the Acquired Immunodeficiency Disorder Syndrome (AIDS). HIV and AIDS have been the focus of intense scientific study for over three decades. Findings from these studies have contributed to our current understanding of the disease and helped design ways to treat it. In particular, atomic level structures of HIV/AIDS-related proteins have played an important role in the discovery of many treatments. With today's combination therapies, HIV/AIDS has become a manageable chronic illness. However, cases of new HIV infection continue to be reported, demanding broader awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS.

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