Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Yogurt Bacteria Could One Day Prevent HIV


by Hilary Stohs-Krause, NET News 
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On a recent, crisp winter day at a Lincoln grocery store, shoppers perused dozens of different kinds of yogurt: harvest peach, strawberry, Greek, Greek strawberry … the list goes on and on. Yogurt’s a healthy snack for numerous reasons; it’s high in calcium, protein, magnesium and potassium, to name a few.  And if a University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor’s research goes the way he hopes, yogurt could one day also keep you safe from HIV.

It’s part of the research being conducted by Dr. Shi-hua Xiang, professor with the Virology Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. But to understand how novel his approach is – and the potential it holds, if it proves successful – we need a bit of background first.