Infectious Cures: Hijacking Viruses To Overcome Disease

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Brilliant!Science: Decoding Human Health Infectious Cures: Hijacking Viruses To Overcome Disease Dr. Leor Weinberger, Gladstone Institutes Dr. Shannon Bennett, California Academy of Sciences

Thur, Jan. 24 at 12:00 pm at The Commonwealth Club We've made substantial progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS over the past three decades, but the epidemic continues to ravage humankind—especially in the developing world. Everywhere, viruses such as HIV compete with their hosts in an evolutionary ‘arms race’—building resistance to the latest therapies in order to maintain their deadly hold on our species. What if we could turn HIV on its head by hijacking the very virus that ravages the body, and transforming it into a cure? Join HIV expert Dr. Leor Weinberger as he reveals his revolutionary approach to halting the global AIDS epidemic. This special lecture will be hosted by Dr. Shannon Bennett, Associate Curator of Microbiology at the California Academy of Sciences.

Reservations: Tickets are $15 adults, $5 Academy and Commonwealth members, $7 Students with ID. Academy members should use code: casforweinberger during checkout and please bring your Membership ID to the event. Reserve a seat online or by calling (415) 597-6700. This lecture takes place at the Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor.

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We've made progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS over the past three decades, but the epidemic continues to ravage humankind—especially in the developing world. What if we could turn HIV on its head by hijacking the very virus that ravages the body, and transforming it into a cure?
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Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 12:00
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