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Florian Pauler, Denise Barlow and colleagues review the evidence on long non-protein-coding RNAs for which the process of transcription itself functions in the regulation of nearby genes, but the RNA product may be irrelevant.
Laurence Hurst reflects on the range of genome biological factors determining whether mutations have a selective effect, and how knowing more might help us to predict which will cause disease.
Can the immune system be induced to protect itself against HIV infection? Andrew McMichael gives his perspective in an interview, explaining the challenges faced in making a vaccine and why he remains optimistic about the potential of eliciting strong T cell responses for controlling the virus.
Robin Weiss, in an article to mark the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), reviews the complex interactions of the virus with the specialized surface molecules by which it gains entry into cells, and how this has led to drugs that block it.
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