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HIV treatments provide line of attack against coronavirus

Doctors in Thailand and Japan focus on drugs' ability to halt reproduction

A digitally colorized electron microscopic image of HIV attached to a cell's surface membrane. Courtesy National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Doctors in Thailand and Japan have used HIV medications to treat patients infected with the novel coronavirus with apparent success. But why did they think to test drugs made to combat one pathogen on a seemingly completely different disease?

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