The new biology and its impact in biomedical strategies against HIV/AIDS

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Abstract

The sequencing of the human genome and the initiation of the structural genomics projects have ushered in a new age of biology that involves multi-lab, high-cost projects with broad taskoriented goals rather than the more conventional hypothesis-driven approach of the past. The new biology has led to the development of new sets of tools for the scientist to use in the quest to solve mysteries of human disease, biomolecular structure-function relationships, and other burning biological questions. Nevertheless, the impact of the new biology on the field of AIDS investigation has been minimal, predominantly because many of the tools in the HIV field of study were developed before the full advance of the new biology was felt in the biomedical community. Many of the high-cost megaprojects that involve large technological advances and are marketed as projects of promise to the biomedical community are not likely to significantly impact the field of HIV/AIDS research and cannot serve as a substitute for direct funding to the HIV/AIDS scientists working for vaccine development, an understanding of mechanisms of disease causation, and new tools for therapeutic intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-486
Number of pages6
JournalZygon
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004

Keywords

  • AIDS and ethics
  • AIDS and scientific inquiry
  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Ethics and decision making in AIDS patients
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Religious studies

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