Small Pox and HIV
Country: United States
Date: January 2006
Do you think that studying other diseases like
small pox can help find a cure to AIDS or it is just the thinking
of mankind which can help get rid of the disease?
I don't think that "just thinking of mankind" will help get rid of any
disease (or any other malfunction in society). It is ACTION that counts. So
in that light, studying a disease like smallpox, may/may not have any
direct impact on a treatment for AIDS, but an understanding of how diseases
affect humans will ultimately lead to the treatment of AIDS and/or other
virus and HIV are very different viruses. Smallpox virus contains
double-stranded DNA while HIV contains single-stranded RNA. Also smallpox
virus is 10 times the size of HIV.
Ron Baker, Ph.D.
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