Your Health: Oct. 7, 2002

AIDS MYSTERY One of the great mysteries about AIDS is why some people (about 1% or 2%) who get infected with the virus never develop the disease. For more than 15 years, scientists have searched for the chemical factors that protect these so-called long-term nonprogressors, and now a team of researchers including Dr. David Ho, director of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, think they have found them. Using new protein-chip technology, they have identified three proteins--alpha-defensins 1, 2 and 3--that are present in nonprogressors but not in AIDS patients. The defensins, which are well known as natural bacteria fighters, could...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!