Chemical structure of HIV capsid determined

May 30, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT
Dr. Robert Gallo, director of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland is seen during an interview May 9, 2013 in a laboratory at the Institute of Human Virology.
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Researchers have determined the chemical structure of the HIV capsid, a protein shell that protects the virus's genes. This research might lead to the development of new anti-retroviral drugs.