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Researching Retrovirals

A visit with Marc Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

By Tanya Sneddon
Published: - Topics: fish virus retrovirus HIV research virus

How HIV Works

Topics: proteins Gag

Comparing parts of the HIV virus to the parts of a military missile, Johnson explains the various components of the virus. A complete understanding of the HIV structure and life cycle will help scientists develop new treatments for the disease. “It’s pretty remarkable, and there’s clearly a lot about it that we don’t yet know,” Johnson admits. Most of his research revolves around the protein Gag.