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Expression of Multiple Anti-Viral Molecules Within the Mucosal Milieu via Bacteriophage-Mediated Plasmid Transduction of Endogenous Mucosal Bacterial Populations

Lactobacillus bacteria, typically found in the cervix and vagina of healthy women, have been found to provide a natural barrier against HIV infection. Dr. Leonard Damelin will investigate whether anti-HIV molecules can be introduced via bacteriophages into existing Lactobacillus populations to further fortify this protective barrier.

More information about Create New Ways to Prevent or Cure HIV Infection (Round 1)

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