December, 2008
Volume 16, Issue 12

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Volume 16, Issue 12

HIV-1 was isolated 25 years ago and the infection in humans is now pandemic. The articles in this special issue take a brief look back over the past 25 years of HIV research with a strong emphasis on cutting edge developments and questions for the future. The issue covers topics ranging from live cell imaging of the virus, immunological aspects, HIV-2, host genetics, political aspects of drug delivery, and vaccine design. The selection of topics and authors for this issue were put together by the journal Editor and Robin Weiss. Cover image: Eye of Science/Science Photo Library.

Editorial Team

  • Editor
    Samantha Morris
  • Acting Editor
    Cesar Sanchez
  • Content Development Editor
    Gail Teitzel
  • Executive Editor, Microbiology
    Lakshmi Goyal
  • Production Editors
    Ellie Carr
    Kirsty Strawbridge
  • Editorial Assistant
    Damien Robertson
  • Illustrations and Design
    Lara Crow
    Mat McCutcheon
    Philip Patenall
    Neill Sharp

Featured Article

Why is HIV a pathogen?
Anna Forsman , and Robin A. Weiss
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