Stocked with bottled water and extra camera film, thousands
gathered on the Homewood campus on a warm May 24 to
participate in and witness the close of the university's
125th academic year.
The university's milestone anniversary
added an even deeper significance to this year's
university-wide degree-conferring event held in the morning
and the undergraduate diploma ceremony in the afternoon.
University president William R. Brody, as
is his custom, addressed the graduates gathered for the
university-wideceremony. In his address, Brody spoke of the
"special cause to celebrate" in regard to the day's
Proteins in African HIV interact
differently with drugs
Naturally occurring genetic variations in HIV-A and HIV-C,
the two subtypes of HIV prevalent in Africa, make it harder
for inhibitory drugs to bind to the protease, a key protein
involved in viral maturation, according to a new report by
biologists in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.
Ernesto Freire, the Henry Walters
Professor of Biology, emphasizes that the new findings,
published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences, are based on in vitro tests of basic biochemical
properties and, therefore, cannot be used to assess the
effectiveness of inhibitor drugs in patient treatments.
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