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This antibody mimics CD4 binding, locking onto to the spikes of HIV-1 so HIV-1 can't bind to (CD4) white blood cells. By characterizing its unique structure, researchers can design many novel antibodies that could efficiently inhibit the virus' entry into host white blood cells.
Random ethical hypothetical question here: You are granted the ability to cure HIV and AIDS and save millions of lives, but in order to use this ability, you must kill an innocent girl. You must choose between curing HIV and killing someone. What would you do? Explain your reasoning. I'll post my answer tomorrow.