HIV/AIDS: A Supercomputer Brings Hope of Finding a Cure

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Thanks to a supercomputer, researchers at the University of Illinois and Pittsburgh in the United States, have been able to establish the structure of the 64 million atoms that make up the internal core of the HIV virus.

The hopes of the scientific community are back up high, thanks to this new discovery which could help in finding new ways to fight the virus and prevent it from reproducing quickly.

Blue Waters is the name of the super computer that has enable this progress. Thanks to its power of 11,6 petaflops, scientists have gathered advanced image data and have successfully identified how the 1,300 proteins which form the two proteic HIV shells assemble themselves.

Scientists should now focus their research toward the development of molecules capable of destroying these shells.

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