HIV within Science and Engineering!

National Science & Engineering Week 10 days begins today and shines the spotlight each March on how science, technology, engineering and maths relate to our everyday lives and helps to inspire the next generation of scientists with fun and participative activities.

With over 4,500 events and activities attended by 1.7 million people in 2011 and generating over £1m in press coverage, this is the UK’s widest grassroots celebration of all things science and engineering.  You can join the celebration by attending an event or taking part in national activities

Science and Engineering is key in understanding HIV, recently, scientists have shown how some cells in the body can repel attacks from HIV by starving the virus of the building blocks of life.

And there’s been further insights in the way that protein’s help HIV infect cells.  Researchers from the NPL, the University of Edinburgh, IBM‘s Watson Research Center and Diamond Light Source  have probed the structural changes that occur in two peptide fragments of a fusion protein, known as gp41, in HIV-1. The protein helps the virus gain entry into a host cell and infect it.

If you’re interested in the scientific side of things and want to keep up to date with the latest developments in science and engineering, take a visit to: ScienceDaily’s HIV Section.  ScienceDaily is one of the Internet’s most popular science news web sites.  Since starting in 1995, the award-winning site has earned the loyalty of students, researchers, healthcare professionals, government agencies, educators and the general public around the world. They generate nearly 15 million page views a month and is steadily growing in its global audience.

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