Artist inspired by HIV/AIDS therapies
by Amy Adams on September 27, 2010 at 3:11PM | comments
|Miracle of Hope I, Dave Putnam|
Stanford's Scope blog describes the images:
The acrylics, which hang in the hallway of the clinic, show a cell that is permeated by multiple black dots. These represent the invasion of the HIV protease enzyme, which is essential to survival of the virus. Blue dots on the canvas are used to capture the image of the fighters â the protease inhibitors that stop cell growth. Gradually, the blue dots spread and overtake the nasty enzyme. In the last painting, a bright yellow canvas shines through, as the enzyme is destroyed (though remnants of the virus remain, as current therapies never completely eradicate it).If the two CIRM-funded HIV disease teams at UCLA and City of Hope are successful, the disease would most resemble the final, less dramatic image. Both teams are trying to replace the person's HIV-infected bloodstream with a new blood system that is resistant to the virus. This link provides more information about stem cell approaches to treating HIV/AIDS.