Researchers Track the HIV Virus to a Hideout in the Bone Marrow
For a study this week in the journal Nature Medicine, Kathleen Collins and her team have uncovered another of HIV's dirty tricks: the virus can hide out in bone marrow cells and lie in wait for the right time to strike.
In recent years, drugs have reduced AIDS deaths sharply, but patients need to keep taking the medicines for life or the infection comes back, she said. That's an indication that while the drugs battle the active virus, some of the disease remains hidden away to flare up once the therapy is stopped [AP]. One place the researchers already knew HIV could hide was inside resting T cells. However, Collins says, she thought T cells alone didn't offer a complete picture of the virus' ability to play hide-and-seek.
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