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Outsmarting HIV

Nearly 30 years have passed since scientists discovered HIV, and yet no vaccine exists to fight the disease, for one very simple reason, says Not Exactly Rocket Science's Ed Yong — "HIV out-evolves us." HIV can produce about 100 billion new virus particles a day, and does so sloppily, copying itself with errors and creating a host of genetically variable viruses, Yong says.

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