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Emory researchers announce better understanding of HIV transmission

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Researchers from Emory University and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta recently announced a major development in understanding how HIV spreads from cell to cell inside a human body.

“This helps us better understand not only HIV, but many other viruses, and how they take over the cell’s sorting and recycling machinery to build their own structures,” lead researcher Paul Spearman, MD, said in a prepared statement.

According to researchers, two key proteins, FIP1c and Rab14, are needed for a cell to be taken over by the virus. Without these proteins appearing on the surface of the viral particle, the disease cannot spread.