The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, December 12, 1986, Image 11

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Friday, December 12, 1986/The Battalion/Page 11 als ino ^tivities. allon was tlii j lon conuinedi,] lte d- cotnpuif.; lsed as the pu-j s utte «'ly usefe f lr 'formatio 1 | 110 the system. World and Nation Recent findings may lead to new treatment for AIDS 1 <m the Nit. I orl t er swhosittB VASHINGTON ( AI> ) — Scien- accusations - t ' sts think they have discovered how all nuclear; some P e °pl e tight off the virus that safetystandjrii causes a finding they say Hid lead to a new approach to -—-treaunent as weil as to an explana- . tion why some infected people don’t I IA get the fatal disease. Researchers at the University of Hifornia, San Francisco, said ■ W/NA Thursday that the discovery may I I V#C P°’ nl to a wa ' , us i n S l h e immune v system that is attacked in AIDS —ac- qMred immune deficiency syndrome — to counterattack the disease with out using toxic antiviral drugs. Hn a report to be published Friday d Armstrongsi in ihe Dec. 19 issue of the journal don twoweebi 1 Science, a team led by Dr. Jay A. ■e hearingihiij Levy said a sub-group of white blood auzy, ihathtiiHs called suppressor T-cells ap- received tlie&Hr able to control the virus in cell e, that it was mH Mauzytol Thursda' cultures by keeping it from repro ducing. The researchers said these cells appear to be at work in several pa tients who have been infected with the virus for up to four years. These patients either have not gotten AIDS or, if they already were infected, their disease seems to be in remission. If the suppressor T-cells prove to control the virus in humans, the re searchers said, it may be possible to boost the number of these cells to stop the virus from reproducing and arrest progress of AIDS. “This is the first indication that in dividuals have in themselves a means of controlling the virus,” Levy said in a telephone interview. “This discov ery could be the first step toward an effective therapy for AIDS, using a i equaled [oij| 1 file at dit S i have never sttS 1 the comi Jmost 600 AIDS cases now classified as heterosexual 10RT ON SH??? our boob at / Book Sir r Culpepperfk [ATLANTA (AP) — Almost DO previously unexplained IDS cases have been reclassified heterosexually transmitted, publing the percentage to 4 per- nt of such cases, government searchers said Thursday. By 1991, one researcher said, pterosexual cases could make up Karly 10 percent of AIDS cases. ■ The national Center for Dis- ■se Control also reported that ■e AIDS case count in the United States stands at 28,098, ■ice the number reported 13 mths ago. Fifty-six percent of |e victims are dead. The CDC said it now can re classify 571 AIDS cases — all in apparently heterosexual, non drug-using people who were born outside the United States in areas such as Haiti and central Africa, where heterosexual con tact is the chief way of spreading the disease. Evidence indicates heterosex ual transmission in those cases, the CDC said, because some of the patients have other sexually transmitted diseases and because some male AIDS patients report edly have been with prostitutes. person’s own immune cells rather than drugs that are toxic to the body. “The drama of this observation is that we are finding people who are antibody-positive, meaning they are infected, and we can’t get virus from their blood and they seem to im prove all by themselves. “We now have a mechanism that could explain this.” The AIDS virus attacks another group of T-cells, called helper T- cells, which govern the other compo nents of the immune system. The virus penetrates the helper T-cells, reproduces, and destroys its host cells as it spreads to other cells. In this way, the AIDS virus, va riously known as HTLV-3, HIV or LAV, cripples the disease-fighting immune system, leaving sufferers vulnerable to numerous infections and cancers that lead to death. More than 28,000 Americans have been diagnosed with the incur able infectious disease, half of whom have died. Levy, with Drs. Christopher Walker, Dewey Moody and Daniel Stites, found that suppressor T-cells, whose normal job is controlling the production of antibodies by other cells, appear to emit an unknown substance that keeps the virus from reproducing after invading the helper cells. When certain suppressor T-cells that have a protein on their surface called CD8 were removed from blood cultures, the virus started to grow in the remaining blood cells, the scientists reported. But when the suppressor T-cells were put back into the cultures, re production of the virus was sup pressed, they said. The suppressor cells do not de stroy the virus or kill the host cells. £(R) DiilyMi® 12:00 2:1! 1:15 d (G) Mjtt 1:00 J:C0S:M®1 ARRI ED IPG-1!! WfWi 1:051:11 ourt affirms Hasenfus conviction : (R) Du'lf®; Sun 2:00 l:W ' Ml t 1:10 3:15 Si JANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — levolutionary appeals court on Jrsday confirmed the guilty ver- jand 30-year prison sentence im- pd on American mercenary Eu- ■ Hasenfus. decision upheld the Nov. 15 Ision by the three-member Peo- Revolutionary Tribunal con ing Hasenfus of helping to airlift _B)ons to U.S.-backed Contra re els. [This is the definitive sentence ati has been decided,” the head of the three-member appeals court, Ar- wengol Cuadra Lopez, said after the ruling was read. “The defendant, Eugene Hasenfus, must serve the maximum penalty of 30 years.” The People’s Revolutionary Tri bunal, made up of a lawyer, a truck driver and a laborer, found Hasen fus guilty of violating public order and security, criminal association and terrorism. The case was reviewed automat ically by the higher court, known as the Superior People’s Revolutionary Tribunal. The higher court was composed of Cuadra, who is a law yer, and a carpenter and a clerk. The tribunal system, which is out- *; side the regular law courts, was cre ated by the Sandinista government to try those defendants considered counterrevolutionaries. Hasenfus, 45, of Mariette, Wis., was captured Oct. 6, one day after a plane ferrying weapons to the Con tras was shot down by army troops in southeastern Nicaragua. He was the only survivor out of a crew of four. p Yogi | Moneii AGGIES! RING IN THE HOllDAy SEASON SAFELY ... DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE Alcohol Awareness Program 845-5826 oney t’S ha$H ooo to 3 bring i and 4V# h MSC SPRING LEADERSHIP . 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