Abstract. Infection by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is the primary cause of AIDS, the still incurable, but nowadays treatable disease affecting millions worldwide. In concert with laboratory and clinical work, modeling of HIV proteins and their interactions with macromolecules and drugs has played an important role in our current understanding of the molecular mechanisms of the virus life cycle and in the discovery of ways to block them. I will review some relevant examples drawn from ongoing research aimed at finding needed new drugs and at moving us closer to the ever elusive HIV vaccine.
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