The enigma of HIV infection

  title={The enigma of HIV infection},
  author={David Baltimore},
The three reviews that follow this introduction reflect contemporary knowledge of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and disease induction. Let us take a step back and reflect on why this virus infection, against which 10% of the budget of the National Institutes of Health is deployed, remains so enigmatic. The key fact about HIV is that it is a nonequilibrium infectious organism. This contrasts with agents that exist at equilibrium with the human population. Poliovirus, for instance… CONTINUE READING
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