Research Around the World

by Maimouna Kante

According to The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), they have demonstrated for the first time a new compound that has the ability to suppress the development of HIV. Its most important property is that it prevents the virus from coming back stronger, also known as viral rebound. TSRI Associate Professor Susana Valente calls this method the “Block-and-Lock.” In other words, it prevents the development of the virus by blocking it, and it keeps it in a state of confinement. This study was done with the use of animal models. It is evident that the research is still at a very preliminary stage and will have to go through many more tests before it sees the market.

 

According to the New York Times, scientists have discovered that the neurochemistry between fish and humans are very similar. Fish, yes, those in the fish bowl, could be the next model for developing an antidepressant pill. Scientists discussed that there is a certain simplicity associated with these organisms. They explained how obvious fish are about their depression when put in a fishbowl; if the fish remains at the bottom, it is depressed, and if it floats to the top, there is no sign of depression. This sounds fishy. How can there be a parallelism between human depression and fish depression? Behavioral biologist at Macquarie University in Sydney says, “Depressed people are withdrawn. The same is true of fish.” This research still remains preliminary and many questions will have to be answered about the ethics of putting fish through such a process.

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